What We Do
Our projects are planned for long-term sustainability and financial self-sufficiency to systematically improve local livelihoods in Myanmar. We seek out undervalued resources, both labor and materials, to address social challenges through innovative, small-scale social entrepreneurship.
We support children in disadvantaged communities to receive a quality education. We provide job skills training to women and young people in tourism and agriculture as well as support local entrepreneurs to improve rural livelihoods.
The dry zone comprises the central regions of Mandalay, Magway, and Lower Sagaing, which cover 13 percent of the country. It is home to 58 million people, a majority of whom are engaged in agricultural based livelihoods, and is characterized by limited rainfall.
Our activities emphasize appreciation for local culture and traditions by educating locals and visitors in how traditional practices can be integrated into the larger, globalized economy sustainably.
Economic and Political Challenges in Myanmar
The economic and political situation in Myanmar creates a challenging environment for startup entrepreneurs, especially independent, ethical, and social enterprises. Our project team and developing advisory board have professional training and experience in ICT for development, organic agriculture, sustainability, environmental management and community-based tourism, as well as experience in small business operations. Positive environmental impacts in our host communities will be supported through technology adoption, microfinance, training in organic agriculture, renewable energy and natural building.
UN Sustainable Development Goals
Our activities support the Sustainable Development Goals outlined by the United Nations Development Programme as part of their “universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.” The 17 interconnected goals provide an inclusive set of guidelines and targets for addressing the challenges of the 21st century and range from quality education and equality to responsible consumption and decent work. Read more about the United Nations Sustainable Development goals here. As part of SEEDS’ holistic approach, we make an effort to address multiple SDGs with each of our activities.