Pomelo in the press

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The new York times

“Don’t forget to visit the nonprot, fair-trade Pomelo Boutique, expat volunteers market the work of about 20 Burmese artisan groups. Proceeds from beaded jewelry, glassware, handmade toys (3,000 to 25,000 kyat) and textiles by traditional weavers from conict-ridden Rakhine State revert to the local communities.”

Lonely Planet - Top Choice:

“The best selection of contemporary handicrafts in Yangon – and all produced by projects supporting disadvantaged groups in Myanmar. Fall in love with the colourful papier mache dogs and bags featuring bold graphic images as well as the exquisite Chin weavings and jewellery made from recycled materials.”

FODOR’S

“Pomelo supports nonprots in Myanmar that work with disadvantaged groups, including families in poverty, those with HIV, the mentally and physically disabled, and the homeless. The goods at this cute fair-trade boutique are made by those with whom the NGOs work, and the result are fantastic. Sein Na Garr Glass Factory, for example, makes its beautiful vases with recycled glass bought from Yangon's garbage collectors. Lovely beaded jewelry comes from the children at Hlaing Thar Yar Disability Centre. Action for Public works with women and children with HIV, and the sweet stued animals and chic wallets and ornaments that dot Pomelo were expertly sewn by them. This is one of Yangon's loveliest little shops and a great place to pick up meaningful souvenirs.”

INDAGARE

If you only visit one boutique while in Yangon, make it this fair trade shop that opened in early 2012 and carries a variety of accessories, gifts and fashion whose proceeds directly benet Myanmar artisans. The brainchild of several Yangon expats, the boutique partners with organizations whose work supports local initiatives such as healthcare, housing and education.”

INSPIRING ADVENTURES

“ it’s time for some shopping. Head over to colourful Pomelo Yangon, and pick up a souvenir that helps the local people that need it most. I opted for a t-shirt, and pouch, with the suppliers of both products supporting children with health diculties like HIV. There’s a growing list groups that they work with on the Pomelo Yangon website. They work with more than 30, so have a look at how your souvenirs can make a real impact on local people..”

MYANMAR BURMA.COM

“If you’ve been to Yangon, you might have run into the fair trade marketplace called Pomelo, which is just upstairs from the popular Monsoon Restaurant. The store sells products made by local, small-time Myanmar artisans using local materials and infusing contemporary items with a Burmese air.”

MYANMAR TIMES

“Women whose lives were blighted by accident, disability or disaster have joined together to support themselves and their families through their artistry. By hand-making ethnic-style textiles and various handicrafts, they are able to make a living by selling them to social enterprises such as Pomelo in Yangon.”

EMOTIONS MAGAZINE

“Entrare a Pomelo, sul Thein Byu Road non lontano dal Sule Pagoda, nel cuore di Yangon l’ex-capitale del Myanmar, vuol dire trovarsi in un luogo magico, una cornucopia di oggetti, tutti rigorosamente fatti a mano da artigiani, persone disabili e svantaggiate, piccole aziende a gestione familiare, ragazzi di strada, studenti e comunità religiose che producono una gamma vastissima di oggetti di qualità.”

JUMEIRAH MAGAZINE

“Pomelo collaborates with local artisans only, and this includes small family businesses and community programs. Helping Hands is just one of Pomelo’s many suppliers. Non-prot Action For Public (AFP), for example, works with marginalised youth and women living with HIV, providing support programs and teaching them sewing skills..”

CONDÉ NAST

“Pomelo collaborates with local artisans only, and this includes small family businesses and community programs. Helping Hands is just one of Pomelo’s many suppliers. Non-prot Action For Public (AFP), for example, works with marginalised youth and women living with HIV, providing support programs and teaching them sewing skills..”