Income-Generating Project for Tibetan Craftswomen

by 100 Friends


Empowering a woman is empowering a family. This project empowers local women to tackle poverty, improves education, and fights daily difficulties in their lives to bring a brighter future by accessing to income-generating work. Start-up funding would equip local textile craftsmen with the necessary items, who would then be hired to create traditional Tibetan textiles for sale to locals and outside the community. Especially older women are skilled at making robes, hats, tents, bags, and so on.
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Herding and farming are key economic activities to 65,474 people (72.3% Tibetan). 90% of children do not continue education after primary school. Girls stay at home, herd, get married, stay within the community, and repeat the cycle of poverty, poor health, and education. The major part of women’s work is sewing and making textile crafts. With limited Chinese language skills and lack of business knowledge, their skills are very locally applied. Most women do not leave the community to find work.


This project allows local women to apply their craft skills and talents at higher scale in local and outside market, offering opportunity for local women to earn income for their families and enhance their skills. Local women will be the major participants (90%). In the first year, the project will employ 8 - 10 local women full-time while providing training to improve productivity and a brand and logo to market their businesses all with the support of FCA project managers.

Long-Term Impact

This project will empower local women by providing income-generating works and create small-scale development projects in the communities with the profit made from the enterprise. In sum, this would be a self-sustaining source of income for the entire local community and cultural preserving project.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


100 Friends Non-Profit
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Friendship Charity Association Non-Profit

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Location: Xining, Qinghai - China
Website: http:/​/​
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Berkeley, CA United States

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