Meet the Mah Meri
We work with the Mah Meri tribe to celebrate their traditional pandanus leaf weaving. The Mah Meri (Mah meaning people and Meri meaning forest) are one of 19 Orang Asli (indigenous) people groups of Peninsular Malaysia. Pandanus leaves are used in many rituals and crafts of the Mah Meri tribe. The leaves are processed into colorful strips and woven to create mats, hats, baskets, personal adornments and many other items. Women of the tribe use weaving as a way to support their families.
Meet Mr. KL Ng
Mr. KL Ng has 3 children and has been unable to walk due to childhood polio at the age of 3. He is self-taught using artisan books and magazines, and has been making bamboo crafts for the last 30 years which he learned to help support his family. Most of the bamboo crafts presently available in Malaysia are made elsewhere. By supporting Mr. Ng, we are contributing to these skills being preserved and being passed on.
A group of refugee women filled with survivor spirit and grit. The members are from different countries and tribes across Central Asia and the Middle East which includes: Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Iran and so on. Many women came to Malaysia with their families due to war or conflicts in their own countries. Some of them had received tertiary education and had professional careers in their home countries. Working with Earth Heir on the MADE51 project provides in- come for the families since they are not allowed to work in Malaysia legally.
A cooperative of refugee families of the Chin ethnicity, Myanmar. The group is supported with childcare center, and received training in tailoring and crafts-making. Earth Heir first started working with MangTha in early 2016 on training, production, marketing and financial management. Since 2018, Earth Heir works with MangTha on the UNHCR MADE51 project, training the women on jewellery making. The jewellery are now sold globally.
Meet the Disabled Artisans Cooperative
We work with a worker-run cooperative of Cambodian artisans with disabilities who are trained in craft production. Their goal is to improve the standards of living for people with disabilities in Cambodia through training and employment. They seek to give an often marginalised part of society the opportunity to earn a living and promote the in- dependence of the disabled. Trainees are given a stipend and provided with the tools for training, and when possible become part of the cooperative after the training is completed. They guarantee fair wages and bene ts for all of the artisans. All pro ts are shared among the cooperative and re-invested in staff development and training.
Meet the Natural Dye Weaving Cooperative
We work with a community developed natural dye weaving cooperative founded in the poor provincial villages in Cambodia. Established in 2006, this cooperative sought to revive natural dye and weaving skills from Takeo province, damaged from the many years of civil war. They create job opportunities for marginalised farmers by establishing an organic farm model with self-sustainable agricultural techniques. The co- operative currently works with around 89 Cambodian families in their production of naturally dyed yarn.
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