Explore Yangon’s up and coming social enterprise scene organized by entrepreneurs committed to running a business that makes a positive social impact. Discover several of the city’s diverse townships on a tour that represents Yangon’s many faces. Meet interesting and dynamic people doing what they love to benefit Myanmar’s communities and culture.
After breakfast at the hotel – we will start to explore around Yangon and its social enterprise industry. In Yangon there are growing number of businesses that put their profits back into local communities and some focus on the professional training that the country so clearly needs. These businesses might not make a big impact on the country but that can make a difference for the people in need.
We will visit “Amazing Grace” local NGO bringing new opportunities to women living with disabilities through jewelry and craft production with local materials and recycled waste. We will learn and participate in their making process and workshop. Amazing Grace sells their products to Pomelo and Hla Day, non-profit social enterprise.
After workshop and before lunch we will go to Myanmar’s first Shiatsu Centre – ‘Balance’ – opened by a team of deaf students who have been trained by Italian teachers for more than five years to a professional standard. The centre is supported by the Mary Chapman School for the Deaf. (The centre is open on every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10:00-16:00).
We will have lunch at Linkage run by a local NGO, Forever Humanitarian and Development Projects. It offers cooking and service vocational training for Yangon street children. In the afternoon we will visit Yangon Bake house, a social enterprising working to empower local women. At 6 PM we will visit Htwe Oo Myanmar, a unique place where Myanmar traditional and cultural heritage of string puppetry to be seen or learned in Yangon.