An average family in Burma is made up four people. 38% are farming families and live off less than $300 a month. However, adequate nutrition, healthcare and education for four costs around $750. Our mission is to close this gap through consistent orders. We are on the way to doing so with 96 families, and towards our goal of working with 500 families by May 2021.
These families are some of the most talented artisans in the world. Their products are made slowly, by hand, using techniques passed down through generations. They are made to last and each piece is unique.
However, many of these makers live in remote, rural communities, where the demand for their products is dwindling. Cheap, factory made imports are undercutting their trade, often forcing them into unskilled farming to supplement their income. Our mission is to reverse this.
Our Glass Blowers work in Yangon. Here's their story:
Our Mother of Pearl comes from the Mergui Archipelago. Shine is our Master Crafter. Here's his story:
Our Weavers are from Chin State.
This is Ma Hla Shwe. She is 42 and is the most experienced of our weavers.
This is Khine Khine Oo. She is 36 and has a beautiful eye for detail.
And this is Mu Mu Win, the youngest of our weavers at 30.
She has learnt everything she knows from the elder two.
Our Woodworkers are from Bago. Ko Lin Aung was brought up on his father's workshop and still runs it today. He has 6 woodworkers, and has trained them from scratch.
Interviews with our rattan weavers. We work with over 30 families in the Pathein region!
Videos of our Pathein Umbrella makers.
Q&A with Lin Tin, our luggage rack maker.
A profile of our Bamboo Stool Makers from Kalaymyo, right up in the north of Burma.
And lots more...