Poonsap Suanmuang

Ashoka Fellow
Thailand
Fellow Since 1992
Appropriate Technology Association
This description of Poonsap Suanmuang's work was prepared when Poonsap Suanmuang was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1992.
Introduction
By promoting cloth-weaving and natural dying, Poonsap Suanmuang, a chemist, is demonstrating how village women can develop both income generating skills and environmental consciousness–and greatly empower themselves in the process. In marketing these products, she is also creating public awareness of the value of traditional methods of weaving and dying.
The New Idea
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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