This partnership targets women’s economic empowerment by improving livelihoods of women in dry zones areas of Myanmar. The partnership works with women producers of textiles, handicrafts and accessories, build their capacity and organise them in an association of craft producers (WCPA), link them to export markets and facilitate other opportunities within the value chain. The partnership builds on work of ActionAid Myanmar through the LIFT program since 2013. It supports women from ethnic minorities whose capacity to produce traditional textiles is limited by isolation, lack of capital for inputs, storage and transportation and capacity to negotiate fair prices.
By providing training to women in bringing their handicraft skills to wider markets, this partnership creates increased income opportunities for women in regional Myanmar. The Fabric Social (TFS) buys and exports these products and benefit by gaining a reliable and high quality production source, while imparting new skills to the women producers, new export markets and income-generating prospects.