Artisans from Myanmar
A native of Myanmar’s infamous mining town began Mogok Inklings. Like most children, as a little girl she played in the dirt. But, unlike most children, among the rocks and pebbles in her yard, the earth yielded fragments of rubies and semiprecious stones. Ironically, Mogok’s underground riches do not bring hope or opportunity to the residents of this town. So, the younger generations have been drawn away by the promises of a better life beckoning from the Thai and Chinese borders. Fueled by faith that has grown since her childhood, the little girl has now grown up and is creating jobs using the smaller gemstones that have been cast aside by the mining industry. Mogok Inklings now employs and shares hope with young people who are striving to finish school.
Tucked in a working-poor neighborhood in Myanmar's largest city is a fledgling home-based preschool. One family's desire to serve their surrounding Buddhist neighbors compelled them to leave meager but steady employment and rely on the practical help of friends and uncertain funds. Enter S.A.L.T. (Salt and Light Trading), whose hand-stitched products now support the day-to-day operations of the preschool, which teaches children about their Creator and provides otherwise inaccessible early childhood education to eager families.