10 Women learning how to remove the seeds of cotton, Doo doh Ta village, Mutraw DestrictA women’s weaving and sewing project was initiated in Kaw Ru Bah Tah village, Ler Mu Plaw village Tract, Lu Thaw Township, Mu Traw District. The objective of this project was to increase women’s food security and income through skill-building in weaving and sewing. A month-long training was conducted with 13 young women (ages 17-22 years old).

The women produced 218 items of clothing (shirts and skirts/sarongs) and generated an income of 23,390 Thai Baht from the sale of these items. After expenses were paid for (thread, materials, maintenance and repair of the equipment), each woman made approximately 1000 baht. The women were able to buy rice, salt and fishpaste for their families.

The women participating in these projects reported that they felt pleased to learn/improve their skills and to be able to generate income from their activities to help supply the needs of their families. As well, many reported that they liked the ability to connect and interact with other women in their communities/villages to learn from and support one another.