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ChuChu is a Myanmar social enterprise re-designing waste material into crafts, tourists can visit the workshop not only to do shopping, but also to get hand-on experience by making own crafts work. ChuChu is a workshop space located in Dala Township, on the southern bank of the Yangon River, across from downtown Yangon. Six families work there together to produce & sell crafts.
They work with recycled plastics to create new fabric, which they use to make purses, bags, and household goods.
This group of designers all consult one another in their work; each person has a voice in business decisions from designs to strategy. Together, they set the prices for their crafts and ensure their business is sustainable.
ChuChu is working as a production cooperative negotiating between retailers and producers taking a fixed percentage for organizational development. All families are responsible for continuous development and improvement in production while customer relations are handled by an executive director who is part of a production family as well.
Raw material is sourced by every producing family from their own surrounding relying partly on existing collectors partly establishing new structures. All raw material needs to be segregated and cleaned before further processing Materials come from: dumps, streets, shops, markets.
ChuChu items are mostly available in Yangon through main retailers Hla Day and Pomelo, in downtown Yangon, but as well by Clover in Kalaw, Inle Princess at Inle lake. They also have a small outlet at their workshop in Dala, where visitors can get an insight into our production and can purchase products
EXO Foundation has decided to support ChuChu for purchasing new production equipment: rubber sewing machine, heating equipment for plastics, big irons.
We have started our collaboration in 2018, with a donation of $850 and we hope this will be a long term one!