Flame Tree sewing is a non-profit social business based in Yangon, training disadvantaged women in the art of sewing. For the past 5 years Flame Tree has taught and mentored vulnerable women and girls in all aspects of design and tailoring making a huge difference to their lives and to the lives of their families. By utilising these skills they have created a successful line of traditional cushions, colourful bags and contemporary children’s clothes.
Based in Yangon, Helping Hands is a social carpentry business that restores old Burmese, wooden teak furniture. Skilled artisans work along side ex-street kids who are trained in the art and craftsmanship of furniture restoration. Together they bring old, unloved furniture back to life. In Pomelo we stock their beautiful chopping boards, frames and boxes, but please ask Pomelo staff for directions to their remarkable workshop where you can see their large range of restored teak furniture.
Pann Nann Ein
These products are made by people with physical and mental disabilities, helping them achieve sustainable livelihoods. Theorganization works closely with its members to help them produce handmade products that truly reflect the uniqueness of Myanmar through the design and materials used. All of the group members are guaranteed a fair pay for their work, which helps them invest continually in their lives and in their local communities.
This inspired range of jewellery is made by a group of women with disabilities living on the outskirts of Yangon. Amazing Grace provides training in all aspects of jewellery making as well as encouraging the use of recycled materials. Together members improve their livelihoods by gaining a sustainable income and access to a financial fund that helps support them and and their families with unexpected expenses.
Chu Chu Plastic
This cooperative of men, women and their families, aims to raise awareness on the importance of recycling. By reusing old materials into new items they improve the lives of the people within the collective as well as the environment. All of their products are made of old plastic packaging that is combined in colourful ways. Based across the river in Dala, Yangon, Chu Chu provides work for many families from the local community.
Selasian Sisters is an orphanage in the hills of Pyin oo Lwin, Northern Myanmar. The orphanage educates and cares for children of all ages and older graduating students are also trained in vocational skills, such as tailoring. The proceeds of the products that the tailoring students make for Pomelo go towards finding food, education and healthcare at the orphanage.
Sunflower Scarfs use organic dyes and silk woven from lotus flowers at Inle lake to create beautiful Myanmar made products supporting artisans around the country.
This small family run business hand makes traditional paper mache, Myanmar temple offerings in a variety of forms such as owls, which are often considered lucky in Myanmar culture. They also make unique Pomelo favourites like giraffes and tigers.
Action aid works with women of the poor and remote villages in the dry zone of noAction aid works with women of the poor and remote villages in the dry zone of northern Myanmar. The women are trained in new skills such as rattan weaving. The work is incredibly skilled and time consuming, with a small bowl taking a day to weave. The result is a beautiful piece of traditional rattan craftsmanship with a twist of contemporary Pomelo colour.
The Blind School
This rattan weaving is done by blind men, who have learnt from master weavers to create intricate and beautiful work. The Blind School in Yangon provide education to young students, and vocational training and employment to adults. The school offers incredible resources to blind students. From the ability to convert any story book or online resource into into brail, to offering computer training using brail keyboards to enable education to university level.
Pokkoku Basket Weavers
In a remote village in the dry zone outside Bagan, these plastic baskets have been made for many generations. It is a community effort, with every house in the village taking part in the weaving process. Supplying these baskets to Pomelo provides a stable income for the village, and an opportunity to collaborate on new designs and develop on their traditional product.
These ceramic pots are made by a cooperative of women potters in the village of Twante who share resources, income and education. Ex street kids at Helping Hands enjoy adding colour and Myanmar patterns to the candle holders creating a sustainable income.
FXB provides livelihoods and support to vulnerable women. In addition to learning vocational tailoring skills, the women are offered psychosocial support and a wide range of health and business related training courses. By creating women friendly spaces, a caring mutual help network between women is improving the life of the whole community.
100% Organic Honey
Farmers from 20 different villages in Southern Shan have been trained in the art of beekeeping. By producing organic honey and honey-based balms they improve their livelihoods, nutrition and food security whilst also benefits Myanmar’s ecosystems.
Many families have smallholdings that do not provide sufficient incomes, which make it necessary for family members to travel for work. Being part of this community-based enterprise means they no longer have to leave their families.
Pomelo works toward the 10 International Fair Trade Principles.