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Reference : V-P-MM-E-00304
Date : 04/11/2016
Country/Region : MYANMAR
Caption : Myitkyina, displaced persons camp. Maji Kying Nang, here with her son, is a displaced woman who benefits of an ICRC cash assistance and was able to open a tailoring business.
Photographer : DUPOIZAT, Charles
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website, article “Myanmar: Picking up pieces and stitching a new life”, 5 September 2017
“[…]"One of our main problems is the lack of income," Maji said, adding, "Though we are farmers, we can't work on our farms as they are too far away, and then there is also the risk of landmines. While some men leave the camp to work as day labourers, I am a widow and have to rely on the small business that I have set up." Maji's life before the conflict was already quite tough. Having lost her husband, she had to find a way to survive in her village to feed the children. And that's how she set up her first sewing business.
Once at the camp, Maji decided to continue sewing clothes to earn a living. "In 2015, the ICRC gave me a cash grant of 250,000 kyats (around 200 US dollars), which I used to buy a new sewing machine," she said. Currently, her work station is a little shelter made out of bamboo with a tin roof, where she sews some clothes for both women and children. Her successful business venture has helped her to educate her children. […]”
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Resolution : 3737x2327
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour