The official name and brand of this cooperative is Drong ('wild yak'). Drong is now halfway to being fully operational. It currently has eight full-time women and one man with tent-making expertise. All these workers are from impoverished families in local communities. Drong is now starting to realize its goal of providing families with a reliable and sustainable income while preserving endangered cultural traditions.
Knowledge and basic skills learned from the project are lifelong and women can use them to sew and embroider at home and while herding. Results of such activities could be sold and earn, and benefit their families in having appropriate clothing that need not be purchased. Most trained local women are now qualified to open their own shops, or at least be employed at handicraft enterprises, given the local demand for textiles.
Drong is also featured on Synergy Social Venture at:http://www.synergysocialventures.org/featured-ventures/drong/
Kontharkyid, 36 years old from Bonskor Village: “I was recruited into this textile craft-making cooperative in November last year and able to learn how to tailor. It was a big challenge for me for the first few days, but I did well later on. Now I can tailor Tibetan robes without much instruction and I earn 1,500 RMB a month.”
Dorjeetso, 56 years old from Gorudo Village: “This project has a great impact on local women. I was fortunate to be a trainer in Tibetan embroidery in this project. In the past months, I have trained about forty women. All of them are enthusiastic about learning and they attended the program with enthusiasm. With this skill [craft-making], they could make local ornamental embroidery and handicrafts in demand locally, sell them, and can work for some companies. Meanwhile, this great handicraft culture is preserved and skills are passed onto youth in a beneficial way.”
We sincerely appreciate the 41 donors that contributed 3,540USD that allowed this project to move forward.
This project is in the initial stage with ten local craftswomen having been selected, who are now being trained in making Tibetan clothes, tents, and embroidery. The project also has an additional five sewing machines.
In the next two months, training will be finished and the newly trained women will receive monthly payment (1,500-2,500RMB per month) and an Internet-based shop will sell modern and traditional clothes on-line and feature pictures and descriptions of all items. Meanwhile a retail shop will open in Xining City, the capital of Qinghai Province, PR China.
We sincerely appreciate the 29 donors that contributed 2,680USD that allowed this project to move forward and successfully increased the number of local women to ten as planned.
The enterprise was registered with the Bureau of Industry and Commerce in Guinan County, Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province, PR China. At present, five recruited workers (1 men, 4 women) each receive 1,000RMB a month. Products range from traditional Tibetan blouses, robes, hats, winter and summer clothes, tents, and bags. We estimate that by late 2011, the project will allow 1,500-2,5000RMB per craftswoman per month and the number of employees will increase to 8-10. Currently, we are looking for a designer for new clothing models and a trainer for local craftswomen to further improve their skills in craft-making. These skills will later be passed to new employees and young people in the local communities. Furthermore, we contacted factories producing fabric in south China at reasonable prices. With the assistance of Pivot Non-Profit Consulting, strategic planning for the enterprise is underway. We assessed current operations in June 2011, defined process and organization structure in July, identified a target market and provide basic equipment in August, developed a strategic planning, and will be fully operational in September (detailed document is attached.) Through general and careful planning, we are exploring further markets in neighboring regions and online-based markets. We sincerely appreciate the 25 donors that contributed 2,355USD that allowed this project to move forward and increase the number of local women to 8-10 in the first year and maintain traditional craft-making skills.
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