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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