April 16th, 2020
Since January the Myanmar manufacturing sector has been hit hard with delays in raw materials from China because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. As the virus has spread all over the world demand for products have decreased, materials have been delayed, and the border between Myanmar and China has been closed or limited in border trade. These issues have brought many manufacturing companies to their knees and forced them to lay off 10’s of thousands of workers over the last month. Many of these workers are dependent on daily wages. Without their daily wages many of these ex-factory workers cannot purchase food for their families let alone Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) that they desperately need.
Myanmar Business Answers (MBA) is collaborating with a number of businesses and organizations to help transition factory workers into new jobs. GRAB Myanmar, one of the partners involved, is planning to offer jobs to ex-factory workers on its technology platform as a part of its commitment to empower local communities to benefit from the digital economy. The position offered is Freelance as a GRABFOOD delivery partner. Each rider will be equipped with the necessary tools to do the job. Each rider has the potential to make 12,000 MMK per day based on the number of deliveries they make. GRAB Myanmar will add 300 riders immediately and will expand as necessary.
As part of the larger project that MBA is organizing, they will provide food, PPE, offer financial literacy, reskilling, and COVID-19 education. Organizations involved are ONOW offering financial literacy and connections to some of the affected factories, May May a medical application offering COVID-19 education, and other companies and donors. MBA and their partners hope to connect with 1,000 families to provide these services and create 1,000 jobs.
If you are a donor organization or company that would like to participate in offering funding, in kind services, or job opportunities please contact Ryan Russell CEO of Myanmar Business Answers at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 09401526915.