Work in Burma just after lifting international sanctions

When I was in Burma a week after lifting international sanctions (2012), the country looked as if it stopped in the 19th century. In two-five years its reality will be totally different and the citizens of the golden land will focus on activities they haven’t known before…

... fish drying on the sun, Katha, Sagaing division...

In the morning I saw men coming back with fish in their buckets. It is time for women now! Fish of this size need 3 days during hot season while in the monsoon period it takes them up to five days to get dry. Women will take them inside of the houses and the strong smell will spread around their households.

 

... keeping in touch via phone in 2012...

I used public landline phones many times when I lived in Myanmar. It is a great small business idea.
Clients sitting and talking on the phones have thanaka on – extremely popular sandal-wood paste that moisturizes, cools down and protects the skin against sun.

 

... women assisting in road works...

Being a woman, I felt a bit uncomfortable seeing the weaker sex doing physical work like building roads.
In the village area I saw women still wearing longyi (Myanmar “skirt”) less and less popular in cities or towns.

 

... children drawing postcards to support their families, Bagan...

I met many smart and entrepreneurial children who do their best to support their parents since their early years. I adore hand-made goods not only as they are unique but as well they have a bit of a human soul. I brought a few of such postcards for my friends’ children. They loved them and couldn’t believe the Myanmar kids to help support households’ budgets.

... a local woman collecting fire wood, Mingin, Sagaing division...

I saw women and men at various ages working extremely hard. The country didn’t seem ready to think about retirement…

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