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Tucked in a breezy space on the top floor above Yangon’s Monsoon restaurant, Helping Hands Loft (www.helpinghandsyangon.wordpress.com) is a genius fair-trade boutique. It collaborates with NGOs in producing quality gifts, fashion and accessories that give back to the communities that make them. It’s run by a network of volunteers of various backgrounds and nationalities, including ones from Myanmar, Australia, Italy, Brazil, England, Poland, America and Germany.
Ulla Kröbler is a German-born architect who had previously been stationed in Myanmar in 1994 and 1997, thanks to her Dutch husband’s work for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Returning in 2011, she met the motivated group behind Helping Hands and was immediately inspired to get involved. Here she speaks about the shop, its challenges and introducing the idea of fair trade to Myanmar.
Don’t miss the shop during your next visit: Helping Hands Loft.
What is the inspiration behind Helping Hands Loft?
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