About Us

Pomelo is a not for profit social enterprise. We work with Myanmar artisans, disadvantaged groups and small local businesses to codesign, develop and sell quality handmade products with a contemporary twist. We provide a sustainable market place, skill trainings and creative design input to support the livelihoods of our producers, many of whom are struggling to overcome disability, exclusion and poverty.

Pomelo aims to capture the unique flavours of Myanmar design by locally sourcing all materials and celebrating traditional skills. Our empowering approach allows customers and producers to enjoy and benefit from unique Myanmar handicrafts.

Our Model

Design is our most valuable resource. Through design we are able to empower a large community of people in need and transform their lives. Our business model proves to be  succesful in creating prosperity and generating sustainable change.

The combination of design, an understanding of how business works and supported access to an international market are the key ingredients that benefit Pomelo producers and ensure that our customers have a meaningful shopping experience.

Our Process

We work with each one of our producer groups on an individual basis; firstly focusing on their immediate needs and motivations then we work together to draw up goals and desired outcomes. We tailor our support and the products to their skills and interests in way that connects with them and the customer. This means we create passionately made, beautiful crafts and most importantly have happy producers and happy customers.

Codesign, Prototype & Test

We brainstorm together, prototype, exchange ideas, study materials, test, get feedback from customers, and sometimes we start over again! Our process is definitely not linear. We often go back to square one to re-design something that is more attractive for the customer allowing us and the producers to improve and learn valuable lessons.

Attention To Detail

From materials to craftmanship to attractive shop display, quality control is really important to us. Pomelo must constantly meet the high standards that customers expect. Our producer community learns that quality is a key component of their design and determines successful and sustainable sales.

Myanmar Made

Every single one of our products is made by a Myanmar person. We take pride in sourcing and using local materials. We are currently focusing on going a step further and creating partnerships that promote sustainability, for example, encouraging producers that work with textiles to buy directly from the weavers.