WHOW is a social business based in Myanmar and we are privileged to collaborate with local producers and therefore get to know them personally. Because of the forced lockdown their livelihoods, together with numerous other families, are now at risk.
We want to thank everyone who bought WHOW products since starting up in November 2019. As you know, besides paying a fair price to the producers, we reinvest 10% of every sold product back into the communities.
We’ve been working on the campaign Spread the word Not the virus to raise awareness on hygiene and social distancing measures needed to tackle COVID-19.
Thanks to you, we were able to donate hospital suits to Kandaw Nadi Hospital in Mandalay and start the fund to support the twelve families connected to the handweaving workshop. These women are dependent on their daily income and are now struggling to get food on the table.
The payments have been given directly to the families each week, with the money being divided depending on the size of the family. On average the families have received around 50,000 Kyat (€32.57) per week. Due to your generosity, we have been able to expand the support we can offer, and shall be helping other families associated with WHOW.
We believe people can and have to decide how to run their households. Therefore we give the money directly to the women so they can cover their families the most urgent needs.
Just to give an idea of what your Euro is worth:
1200 Kyat (0,78€) = 1 warm nutritious meal
500 Kyat (0,32€) = 20 Liters purified drinking water
5000 Kyat (3,25€) = 1 Doctor consultation
Thanks to you we were able to..
During the Lockdown the 13 families related to the handweaving workshop, a total of 71 people, received financial support to cover their basic needs. The donations were handed out directly to the women, so they could cover their families most urgent needs.
Thanks to you, we are able to expand our support to the families of the cotton farmers in Koakkokyin village. The villagers have a community fund which works much like a cooperative bank, with decisions being proposed by the committee members and passed for final agreement by the whole village.
During the forced Lockdown the WEC in Mandalay continues to assist the girls, women and their families. We were able to help 20 families with the money you donated. The families in dire situations needed assistance in their basic needs particularly food. Rice, cooking oil and beans were distributed to the families. We hope the center can reopen as soon as possible.
Get to know the Women Empowerment Centre & Collaboration with WHOW
Due to the generous donations, we can continue to assist the families during the start-up after the lockdown. This money will go into an emergency fund managed by the women themselves so that they can request financial support if there are urgent matters in their families.