Disability-inclusive service businesses to officially launch this month: DIBI

THE Disability Inclusive Business Initiative (DIBI) plans to officially launch a wide range of service businesses operated by persons with disabilities (PWDs) on 23 October, said U Aung Ko Myint, managing director of the DIBI.
Founded with PWDs, the DIBI will offer a various range of services, including printing, car hire business, music and musical instrument courses, music entertainment service and musical instrument rental business. “We are PWDs but we are able to do business. All service charges are similar to those in the outside markets. We guarantee the quality of our services,” U Chan Myae Aung, marketing officer of the DIBI.
With the supports of Nippon Foundation, the DIBI had made concerted efforts to implement this plan since two years ago. Profits from the businesses will go to socio-economic development projects for PWDs via Myanmar Independent Living Initiative (MILI).
U Nay Lin Soe, consultant officer of the MILI, said, “The people with disabilities could establish links with development organizations alone. Now they have opportunities to connect with business sector. They could extend their networks to the political sector three months ago.”
According to 2014 census, Myanmar had 2.3 million populations of PWDs, accounting for 4.6 per cent of the total populations of over 51 million. The majority of PWDs are poor and 85 per cent of them are underemployed.
Activists working for PWDs said more employment opportunities are needed for PWDs to enter social community, urging the country’s social community and the government to encourage them through human rights-based approach rather than charity-based approach. The printing services provided by the DIBI will cover posters, calendars, pamphlets, envelopes, notebooks, paper bags and silk screens. The DIBI’s car hire services for short-and long-distance tours are also available in town or out of town. It will also open music and musical instrument courses including lessons for guitar, drum, keyboard and violin. The musical experts and vocalists of the DIBI are ready to provide music entertainment services at wedding receptions and ceremonies. Interested customers may dial 09 448 830 793.

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