"Seven years ago, I dreamed of starting a social enterprise that could help young people like me." Julia Naw founder of YounSone
Young people in my country are looking for work to earn money and survive. But the problem is that we aspire to work in large companies that sometimes care little about the future of our planet. We poor people struggle to earn money but we don't care about the environment and we contribute to the destruction of the planet without even knowing it. For example, many of us work in the mining industry or in unethical companies.
Furthermore, women have even fewer educational and employment opportunities. They are even more marginalized. Many migrate illegally to work and hold dangerous jobs or become victims of human trafficking.
In the search for a better life, we have also lost our culture and tradition to modernization, which is at the root of climate change, making the poor even poorer.
How did I start YounSone?
I am part of the international movement Fondacio, which aims to build a more humane and just world. The training I received at Fondacio helped me to realize my dream.
I was first a trainer at our Young Life Development Center (YLDC) in Yangon. The YLDC provides them with basic skills so that they can start looking for a job. However, they have difficulty finding a job. That's why I wanted to create a social enterprise around sustainable fashion. This aims to provide livelihood opportunities for young people, especially women. I started to train myself and others in basic sewing and tailoring. I worked with young people and many others to create YounSone.
YounSone means "coloured" in Burmese. It expresses the diversity of cultures, ethnic groups, ages, religions and origins of people and aims to create a synergy for living together respectfully.
What is the objectif
YounSone's goal is to provide young people with skills that will enable them to become self-sufficient without destroying the environment, while remaining true to their culture and traditions.
It is about developing income for young people by producing sustainable fashion products that we sell locally and in Europe.
I firmly believe that to take care of the environment, I have to go back to my roots, learn from the wisdom of the indigenous people, where our culture and traditions live in harmony with nature.
Thus, YounSone products are developed with the aim of bridging the gap between rich and poor, between modern and traditional, between people and the land.
Since the Covid19 crisis started YounSone has started making masks that you can order here : https://www.helloasso.com/associations/fondacio/collectes/masques-ethiques-et-solidaires