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Vocational training to help women start their own business

In the southern part of Myanmar, our Corporate Social Responsibility teams organize many vocational trainings for community development in the villages around the pipeline area. The sewing training is one of the most popular and appreciated training.

Why sewing trainings

Like anywhere in the world, Myanmar inhabitants of the small villages spread around the pipeline area like to dress up for special occasions and be elegant. Far from the distribution channels, there is a lot of demand for the local dressmaking business. Thus to contribute to empower the communities living around the pipeline area we proposed sewing training classes. The launch attracted a lot of interest as ladies in the area saw a way to start their own business.

Local trainer and supports

Through a three month sewing course, an experienced local dress maker shares her skills and knowledge. The trainees learn basic sewing techniques, how to make Myanmar traditional dresses and few types of shirts and blouses. If they successfully complete the training, they are awarded a sewing machine. Those wishing to start a business can count on our teams committed to support the development of the communities living around our facilities. As part of our CSR program they can also access to marketing, business accounting, communication skills trainings, and micro-finance loans.

The encouraging results

Started in 2015, so far, four batches of classes have been completed and 32 ladies coming from 21 villages have been trained. Some, like Soe Mar Aye, are so talented that they already started a sewing business in their village.

Interview with Soe Mar Aye from Diketakaw village:

"Our village communication committee assisted me to submit my application for the sewing training. I wanted to become a fashion designer ever since I was young. Now I am running my own business at home. I charge 4,000 kyat (~3.2USD) per outfit for a simple design and 6,500 to 7,000 kyat (~5.5USD) for a modern design. I want to attend an advance training during rainy season to make my business stronger".

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