December 16, 2016

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Fundraiser to showcase handicrafts made by women with HIV

Handicrafts made by women with HIV displayed on sale at marketplace by City Mart. Photo: AFP
Handicrafts made by women with HIV displayed on sale at marketplace by City Mart. Photo: AFP

A local non-profit group called Action For Public will hold a fundraising sale in Yangon in mid-October featuring handicrafts made by women with HIV.
“The two-day festival will take place at City Mart Marketplace in Bahan Township but we have not yet set a date,” Action For Public (AFP) Director Kyi Pyar Chit Saw told The Global New Light of Myanmar. The festival has been held every month since December 2014 with the aim of generating funds from sales to support women and young people with HIV.
Plush toys, wallets and ornaments will be on sale and there are also plans to showcase dresses designed by its members. As part of its market expansion, AFP recently opened a tailor’s shop in Mingaladon Township, Kyi Pyar Chit Saw said. It hopes to open another sometime in 2016.
The aim of the shop is to provide more employment opportunities to women with HIV, she added.
She said that AFP employs less than 10 women with HIV, as demand for their products in the local market is low.  “Only foreigners regularly purchase AFP products,” said Kyi Pyar Chit Saw. Since its establishment in 2008, AFP has provided cash loans and training courses to 1,000 women.
Most of the women APF has come into with contracted HIV from their spouses, Kyi Pyar Chit Saw said.
A Chin woman in her forties called Thida Htay said, “I contracted HIV from my husband in 2002. I made contact with AFP when I went to Yangon from Chin State to receive medical treatment in 2008.”
“I have a job with AFP manufacturing handmade materials. I enjoy my work and earn K7,000 per day,” she said.

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