Please describe how your project has been successful and how that success is measured
To date, WEAVE has expanded capacity development, income generation, community development and enhanced collaboration. As a social business , WEAVE measures its project success by:
-Number of artisans and entrepreneurs working and the income they earn
-Frequency and quality of involvement and participation of women artisans in project undertakings
-Level of artisan’s self-confidence
-Number of supported/assisted community projects from earnings
-Number and quality of collaborations with and between women’s groups
-Provision of technical and financial support for small business projects activities
This information is supported both by quantitative and qualitative measurements from income reports, in-depth field interviews and data collection for participants’ impact studies, as well as artisan narratives and stories and customer surveys.
Over 1,000 women and community-based representatives have been trained on women’s issues and development. Over 500 women have become home-based entrepreneurs and 15 women’s groups have participated in leadership and organizational development and have successfully used capital funding.
Over 2,000 adult and senior women artisan have increased their English literacy. WEAVE has supported approximately 500 young women and senior women’s learning through women studies and women’s literacy project activities in two refugee camps on the Thai-Burma border.
Income generation activities have brought sales of USD $1.3 million in 2010, which continue to cover almost all expenses (excluding some salaries paid by other funding).
Here is how refugee artisan Naw Ka Pru Paw sees WEAVE's current income generation project: When she arrived in her refugee camp, she struggled to take care of three children. However, "When I have income, I can be healthy and strong," she said. She uses her income differently than her husband, explaining that "If he makes money, he spends it (all) the next day." In contrast, she spends her income on nutritious food, like fish and fresh vegetables, as well as school uniforms and medicine.
How will your project evolve over the next three years?
To further create a sustainable social business that invests all profit back into its work, WEAVE Small Business Builders will become a separate entity from WEAVE NPO and be registered as a business. This will open more opportunities in Thailand and globally, avoiding restrictions placed on NGOs by Thai authorities.
WEAVE Small Business Builders also plans to:
-Enable 1,200 displaced Burmese ethnic women in and outside refugee camps to become social entrepreneurs
-Improve access for 1,200 displaced and vulnerable girls and young women to non-formal education such as women’s issues and development, life skills
-Forge 20 strategic partnerships with community-based organizations to design, plan and manage economic empowerment projects
-Become the biggest fair trade shop in Thailand