Chan Myae Aung (25 years old and having a physical impairment) left in 2016 Htein Pin village, Kyaukkyi township, to attend a hair cutting training in Yangon.
It included a 3 months training, provided by Association for Aid and Relief (AAR) - Japan. After the training, Chan Myae Aung stayed in the city as a casual worker while he tried to find a suitable job.
In May 2018, he met Job Placement Coach (JPC) U Khin Mg Win with whom he discussed his employment preferences and opportunities. The JPC arranged a job interview at a barber shop and within the same month he could start working as a hair dresser.
Chan Myae Aung has a monthly income now which is sufficient to sustain himself and his parents. He is grateful for the work of the JPC.
Ko Rambo is physically impaired and worked as a sales man of lottery tickets in Mandalay. He attended the 10-day Job Placement Coach training hosted by The Leprosy Mission Myanmar.
He now works as a Job Coach in city and helps other people with disabilities to find a job. Some of them have become interested in selling lottery tickets as well.
Ko Rambo enjoys supporting community members with disabilities and finding job opportunities for them in Mandalay.
Kyaw Thu Htwe (31 years old and having a hearing impairment) lives in Phayar Hnitsue village, Taungoo township. Together with his family, he is farming and running a barber shop in the village. Despite being deaf, Kyaw Thu Htwe is eager to work.
One day, he met Job Placement Coach (JPC) Ma Thida Myint, with whom he explored employment opportunities and possibilities to attend vocational skills training. After he expressed his interests in electronics, the JPC brought him in contact with a Copy and Electronic Product Maintenance Workshop. This company is founded and managed by a person with a disability, who gave Kyaw Thu Htwe skills training.
Nowadays Kyaw Thu Htwe is running a small shop from home, where he repairs and maintains electronic devices. Through these activities, his income increased and Kyaw Thu Htwe and his family are doing well.
Ma Cho (39 years old and having a visual impairment) lives together with her younger sister in Khin Tangyi village, Yaedashe township.
She experienced many challenges in life, such as discrimination by villagers and the inability to find a job. This negatively affected her self-image; she felt worried and scared to participate in her social-environment.
Fortunately, she met Job Placement Coaches (JPC) Ma Thida Myint and Ma Thinn Myat Moe with whom she discussed vocational training- and employment opportunities. They encouraged her to attend a massage training at the school for the blind. In addition, they helped Ma Cho write a professional CV and prepare for a job interview.
This appeared to be successful! Ma Cho is now working at Genky, a Massage Centre in Yangon. She enjoys her job and feels more confident than ever.
Ma Phyo Ei Ei Htwe (38 years old and having post-polio paralysis) worked as a tailor for 3 years. She had to leave her job when she moved to Hlaing Tharyar township, together with her husband and child.
She struggled to find a new job until she met Job Placement Coach (JPC) U Khin Mg Win At. They discussed employment opportunities and the JPC explained about the rights of people with disabilities. Ma Phyo Ei Ei Htwe felt confident again to find a new job.
With support of the JPC, she found a suitable new employer at a nearby sewing factory. The workload is in line with her capacity, which enables Ma Phyo Ei Ei Htwe to work despite her disability. She enjoys her job a lot!
U Ko Ko Gyi is from Taungoo and is physical impairment as a result of a stroke. His main source of income is small scale farming.
However, due to muscle weakness of the limbs, U Ko Ko Gyis is unable to hold farming tools for extended periods of time.
Through the 'Economic Empowerment Project' he received several adapted farming tools. These are significantly lighter in use and easier to handle. U Ko Ko Gyi is back to work and able to provide a livelihood for himself and his family.
A big thank you including all credits for providing these short documentaries go to Nicola Zawadi Cross.
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