Partnership for Change has partnered with the social enterprise Yangon Bakehouse (YBH) in Yangon – Myanmar’s biggest city. The café and catering business runs a vocational training programme and jobs for marginalised women as their social component.
YBH was established based on a wish to combine the idea of establishing a ”Western”-style café chain with providing marginalised women vocational training in restaurant and café related subjects.
In the past few years, Myanmar has opened itself up to the world, and Yangon in particular has had a huge increase in the number of expats. They demand new products and services, and the three female entrepreneurs who established YBH, saw the need for a ”Western”-style café. YBH also realised the need to include women in the formal labour force. Hence, they established YBH in 2012. Today they have several cafés in Yangon, and also runs catering services.
The women recruited for the YBH vocational training go through a seven-month programme. They receive training in basic life skills in addition to vocational training in baking, food production and restaurant services.
Read the story of one of the women
PfC partnered with YBH in 2015, and has since provided English language training for the training programme. Mastering English is increasingly important to succeed in working in the restaurant sector, with increased numbers of expats and tourists. English hence increases the women’s job opportunities. We have also given YBH a loan to establish a café branch in Telenor’s offices in Yangon.
PfC has also facilitated a partnership between YBH and the Norwegian restaurant business Drueklasen AS, who contributed with competence transfer to the programme.
Read more about the collaboration between Drueklasen and YBH