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Kaw Dwai Students


Making these hand-rolled paper beads helps students from Shan State win scholarships to go to university and thereby play a part in building democracy. The brightest and best of these young men and women from north eastern Myanmar are selected by their communities to spend a year in Yangon studying English. Housing and tuition are provided but making these necklaces and earrings helps pay for food and day to day living costs.


Muhammad Yunus visit to Pomelo


It was a real honor for us to receive the visit of the Nobel Peace Prize winner, the great Mr. Muhammad Yunus to Pomelo last July. Our team and some of our producers were be there to welcome him. We would like to send a big thank you to the British Council in Yangon for organizing it. Some of our producers such as Phoenix, Helping Hands, Dream Together and Pan Naan Ein, were there to receive him. He showed great interest in our products and in our social business model, congratulating us for taking the responsibility of designing and selling products for our producer groups.
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Our New Campaign

We have had to find a new home… and we need your help!

We have launched a crowd funding campaign via Indiegogo to enable Pomelo to continue running in this new space and to help our producers keep expanding.  Help fund our move so that we can continue to change lives and build sustainable futures. 


You can find out more about the campaign and donate online at: 


St. Joseph's Convent Sewing Project


I made the trip out to St. Joseph's Convent where they have a small sewing project at the far edge of Hmawbi.  After a few quick stops to ask locals for updated directions we arrived with Sister Regine waiting by the road to greet us.  Sister Regine has been working with this project for over three years. Her current pupils are three girls from various rural areas in Myanmar.  Martha, Margret and Jancinda Dawaung Naw are rather shy as we introduce ourselves. 

With Pomelo they are creating the "little monsters."  These soft plush toys are made from a combination of Myanmar cotton, Myanmar longhi and imported cotton.  They are rather lovable funny looking creatures based off how children draw and imagine. The girls are quick learners as they work on making quality yet quirky toys.

Like all the girls who come to St. Joseph's the girls are poor and the goal is for them to complete their studies.  They will stay at the project for a few months to learn sewing skills then leave to complete either their 10th standard or go on to take foreign studies.  While working on their education, they are able to continue sewing in their free time to earn a small income.  Eventually they will go to "pre postulate" to gain theological education before becoming nuns. If the girls are studious they can use their advanced education to work among the sisters.  For those who are less studious they will continue to focus on sewing or agriculture within their convent.


Thein Thut

While travelling or living in Myanmar your tablet needs protection from harsh rains, tea spills and beetle nut accidents. This padded, lightweight case will fit a variety of tablets from iPad to the Nexus 10. With ethnic patterns from Shan State you will fulfill the purpose with style.

These sleeves were masterly crafted by Thein Thut and his team from Hliang Thar Ya, outside Yangon. This economically disadvantaged group received vocational training from Welthungerhilfe, a German NGO with the objective to create economic opportunities so they can build new futures for themselves and their families. Thein Thut became a leader, taking the skills he learned and opening a tailor shop were he has been able to hire 5 other locals in the village area.  Come check out these traditionally designed cases suitable for life on-the-go.