Income Generation

We invite women to take up opportunities to increase income generation and establish livelihoods through training, and marketing. We teach women how to do traditional weaving, and embroidery, to make items they can then sell. This project is run up to four of the refugee camps at any one time: Mae La, Mae La Oo, Umphiem and Noh Poe. Mae La is the primary location for this work.

This project also helps preserve Karen cultural traditions, and develop a sense of place and identity.

This project received funding up until 2018, however unfortunately since then we have not been able to secure further finance. Despite this women, particularly in Mae La Camp, continue to produce garments and weave fabrics. The KWO staff and membership ensure to purchase these items either for family and personal consumption, or to sell on the women’s behalf.


KWO is an ethnic women’s community-based organization that empowers women so they have capacity and power to solve their own problems and participate in decision-making that will affect their lives.



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