Julia Naw Founder of Youn Sone : 7 years ago, I dreamed to be designer doing business that can help young people, just like me.
Young People in my country are looking for jobs , earning money but the problem is we want to work in Big companies that are actually destroying our mother earth. Us poor people struggle to earn money but we did not care for environment and we contributed to destroying the earth without even knowing it. For example, many work in the mining industry or companies that lacks ethics. At the same time, women have less opportunity for education and jobs. They are even more marginalised. Many migrate illegally for work and take on dangerous jobs and are even trafficked as overseas brides and sex workers.
In the search for a better living, we also lost our culture and tradition to modernization and so called “Development” that cause climate change.
CLIMATE CHANGE MAKES THE POOR POORER.
How did I start Youn Sone?
I am part of an international movement known as Fondacio which has the aim to Build A More Humane and Just World. The training I received in Fondacio helped me to realize my dream.
It gave me the courage to launch a social enterprise around sustainable fashion that can provide better livelihood opportunities for young people especially women. I began training myself and others in sewing and basic dressmaking. I work with young people and many others to create Youn Sone.
Youn Sone means Colorful in Burmese Language. It shows the diversity of different cultures, ethnic groups, ages and religions and background of people to create synergy of having a meaningful life together.
The purpose of Youn Sone is to provide skills for young people to become self-reliant that does not destroy culture, tradition and mother earth.
It is for developing income for people by producing sustainable fashion products that we sell locally and in Europe.
Through the Youth Leadership and Development Center, I also became a trainer for other young people on developing income generating projects that focus on sustainable development and business.
This helps to bring awareness about the effects of climate change. Today, our young people start to take responsibility and become creative in finding solutions that promote Zero Exclusion, Zero Carbon that can lead to Zero Poverty. They in turn are creating new things from old things such as recycled plastics and cloth.
I strongly believe that for us to care for the environment I need to go back to my roots as an indigenous person, to learn from the wisdom of indigenous people, where our culture and tradition live in harmony with nature.
So, Youn Sone products are developed with the goal of, bridging the gap between rich and poor, modern and traditional, AND more importantly, people and environment‼
Let us join hands and commit as young people, to care for our Mother Earth.