But as far as we are concerned, the producers we work with are our organisation’s raison d’être: the reason the we are excited to go to work in the morning. Indeed, they are the reason why we started The Fabric Social in the first place.
If we don’t know who made it, we don’t want to know about it.
WHAT IT MEANS TO WORK IN MYANMAR’S DRYZONE
Our latest collection is made in Myanmar, a country that lived under military rule until 2010. With some speed bumps along the way, Myanmar has rapidly opened up to the world, with development cash and corporate investments pouring into the freshly capitalist economy.
The Magwe region where we work has suffered from unpredictable seasons, and is now categorised as the ‘Dryzone’. All over Myanmar, irresponsible deforestation has left soil quality at death’s door, and climate change has sealed the deal for local crops in this area.
The region has been dealt a seriously rough hand, and food insecurity abounds. Dealing with water management is a huge challenge, and long term adaptive measures to move away from agriculture have been cited as a must to prevent the Dryzone from becoming the Dead-zone in coming decades.
This is why many international organisations are striving to create sustainable livelihoods in this region. And we mean sustainable in both senses of the word – livelihoods that can maintain decent incomes over generations, but that also don’t destroy the planet. The kind of work that doesn’t require ongoing support from aid agencies to keep it afloat and that doesn’t require the annihilation of natural resources. Easy, right?