The Branch Foundation played a significant role in establishing the two Shan Refugee Camp weaving centers.
We provided the weavers with weaving looms, training in design, personalized marketing that tells the weavers’ unique stories, and general development mentoring. These weaving centers have become one of the Shan Refugee Camp’s most sustainable projects to date.
Now that the centers are fully functioning, we continue to serve in an advisory capacity through mentoring and facilitation. This project is an ideal example of The Branch Foundation’s commitment to non-aid reliance.
In 2012, we supplied the Camp with mushroom spores in collaboration with JRS so that they could create a mushroom farm. This mushroom farm pilot project served a two-fold purpose. By growing the mushroom spores, the Camp members were not only providing themselves with a source of food, but they could also be more sustainable, independent, and less reliant on outside food aid