Women’s Tie Dye Group
Lion village on Phra Thong Island on the Andaman Sea is home to a post-tsunami small-scale fishing community isolated from public facilities such as electricity and regular transportation. Therefore the main challenge is the development of supplementary livelihoods. In 2009 MAP together with the Thai women from the biologically-rich island of Phra Thong started a cooperative to produce natural, local plant based, tie-dye handicraft as an alternative and sustainable livelihood. After the successful start-up phase the women are now eager and ready to improve their production capacity, product design and marketing outreach.
Lion village on Phra Thong Island gives home to a small-scale post-tsunami newly established fishing community. Small-scale fishing became increasingly difficult to make a meager income as large numbers of trawlers sweep the seas alone the Andaman and damage the seas bed habitat. Both, the outside exploitation pressure and, the tsunami events of 2004 had a serious impact in the island´s natural resources. This worsened the situation on the island, which was already one of the least developed in the country, with fragile biodiverse ecology. The great challenge is to develop environmentally friendly livelihoods, especially for the women, so they can work at home to supplement their family’s income.
After a first phase of group settlement and initial training, additional training and equipment support is required to enable the group to sell their products to a wider range of people, but also meet the standards that national and international market demands. The tie-dye group hopes to continue to grow in a steady and efficient manner. They desire to continue to improve their product and increase the group size and output capabilities at a rate matching the increase in market demand by receiving training on marketing, producing marketing material and increasing their technology.
By financing this project you will help 4 households to become the actors of their own development through community-based management activities by improving their capacity to rely on alternative sustainable livelihoods, therefore reducing the pressure on a natural environment that contains 6 different ecosystems, 137 species of bird and several endangered species.
- Provide supplementary sources of income for women to help support the family, while staying at home
- Raise the productive capacity of the tie-dye group through learning-by-doing
- Use the groups as an avenue to start discussions on the wider conservation issues; i.e. maintaining healthy ecosystems are essential to eco-tourism because visitors are not interested in seeing degraded environments; local eco-guides will generate income and help raise their conservation awareness of species and ecosystems
- Take pressure off the local natural resources so fewer resources need to be extracted