In Yangon, Myanmar, Aye Thu Zar is learning new skills that will help her earn a living and secure a better future. A widow, Thu Zar is a member of a Self-Help Group that is part of a project run by TEAR’s partner Precious Stones. Her fellow members chose her from the group to receive a scholarship to undergo training in sewing through the project’s Community Learning Centre.
Thu Zar’s group has made good use of their sewing skills, working together to fill an order for pillowcases from a local trader. The trader provides all the materials and the women receive a payment per pillowcase. In…
So often, TEAR’s partners find that women like Daw Pauk Sa (pictured) are the ones that most benefit from being part of community development programs. Perhaps it’s because they start as the poorest and most marginalised in their village. Or perhaps, as with Daw Pauk Sa, they just work really hard to overcome the odds.
My name is Daw Pauk Sa and I am 45 years old. I have lived in my village since my early childhood. I have two children, but I lost my daughter during Cyclone Nargis and now I am living with my son, who is 22 years old. He does odd-jobs such as fish netting and transplanting…
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