Feature articles


  1. Delicious original meatball business

    23 June 2016

    Two years ago, realizing that no meatballs made by Timorese were available at local supermarkets, a 42-year-old woman, Luisa Maria S. da Silva, was inspired to become a supplier of fresh meatballs.

  2. Zety’s dedication and strength

    09 June 2016

    Behind her calmness and softness, there lies great enthusiasm and strength. Lizete Maria Maia dos Santos, 42 years old, is one of few women in Timor-Leste working as a Village Livestock Worker, and has done so since 2003.

  3. Diversity brings prosperity in Northern Sri Lanka

    01 June 2016

    The ILO and Australian government are working to reduce vulnerability and strengthen market networks for Sri Lankan smallholders.

  4. Immediate recovery from disaster through emergency employment

    30 May 2016

    With the minimum wage she earned in the 15-day Emergency Employment programme she was able to buy food for her son. She was also enrolled in social security, accident and health insurance, and received personal protective equipment (PPE).

  5. Skills acquisition towards recovery

    30 May 2016

    While Ponciano delos Santos, Jr’s participation in one of the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) training programmes was thanks to a stroke of good luck, how he positioned himself to achieve his goals was the product of hard work and perseverance in the face of adversity, both natural and man-made.

  6. Climate-resilient path to recovery

    30 May 2016

    Lia participated in the water shed rehabilitation programme and for 15 days of work received Php260.00 daily minimum wage, three months' enrolment in social security and health insurance, a year of accident insurance, personal protective equipment (PPE) and hand tools.

  7. Helping one's self by helping others

    30 May 2016

    Marites Veleganio's new skill paved the way for her inclusion in the ILO’s Post-Haiyan Community Rebuilding for Northern Cebu Programme, which needed some skilled workers to assist the non-skilled hires. Marites participated in the construction of a training centre in a Gawad Kalinga housing development (village) in Medellin, Bantayan Island that would help its Haiyan-displaced residents secure better livelihoods.

  8. The skilled butcher from Ebai Talho, Timor-Leste

    27 May 2016

    Jeferino Aleixo Saldanha’s hands skilfully cut and slice the fresh beef into a variety of ready-to-cook cuts - sirloin, tenderloin, rump steak, cube roll and rendang. He also expertly trims the fat from the meat and ensures its hygiene and quality before selling the cuts to customers.

  9. Improving the tourism potential of Atauro Island, Timor-Leste

    18 May 2016

    Atauro is a small island close to Dili, the capital city of Timor-Leste. The country is located in the Coral Triangle known for its rich and abundant marine life. The pristine natural environment is its biggest draw. With rugged mountains and a long coastline, such as those found in Atauro, Timor-Leste is one of the upcoming tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. With a population of 10,000 people, Arauro can be easily reached from Dili by ferry, water taxi, or charter plane.

  10. Felix Manuel: “I aspire to make my clothing label famous”

    10 May 2016

    “I aspire to open a ready-to-wear clothing store with my own label in Timor-Leste, and I desire to make my label, Hare Cloth Apparel, famous in this country,” said 26-year-old Felix Manuel de Jesus Amarel, showing his determination to achieve his dream of developing a clothing business.

  11. Improved its productivity, a SCORE participating company awarded with the Parama Karya

    04 May 2016

    No more chaos of samples, threads and patterns scattered around the workspace of UD Pelangi Indonesia, a medium-scale handicraft company in Malang, East Java. A neat storage room and systematic production lines have been created to make it easier for workers to access materials they need and to meet work orders.

  12. Smart phones, smart workplaces

    02 May 2016

    Almost all garment workers in Asia now own a mobile phone. The ILO’s Better Work programme is finding ways of using this technology to deliver important information.

  13. Ergonomics in China: Tackling workplace stress

    26 April 2016

    The ILO works with unions and the government in China to reduce the impact of stress and poor ergonomics on workers.

  14. © MSME staff and S.van Lieshout 2016

    Myanmar unleashes home-grown entrepreneurs

    25 April 2016

    An ILO training programme makes the founding step to help new and existing small businesses join the dramatic economic and social change sweeping the country.

  15. Let’s give them a chance like others: A business case of Shangri-La Hotel Surabaya

    22 April 2016

    For years companies and organizations have been seeking for a competitive advantage under the philosophy of diversity in working places as one of the ways to integrate people with disabilities in the working environment. It has been proven that there are many benefits gained by opening employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.

  16. University student’s canteen business opportunity

    21 April 2016

    Becoming an entrepreneur is the dream of a 20-year-old girl named Maria Mazarela Lay. This beautiful, tall girl has started a canteen business in Timor-Leste’s State University, where she is studying economy management. The canteen specializes in serving traditional homemade Timor-Leste cuisine.

  17. One opportunity, limitless possibility

    14 April 2016

    What is needed for people with disabilities is one chance to show their abilities. An inclusive working environment opens limitless access to equal employment opportunities.

  18. Jaime Lemos’s innovative chicken business

    08 April 2016

    Age is no barrier to starting an innovative new business. At the age of 60, Jaime Lemos C. Moris founded and opened a kampong chicken business in the Lautem district, Timor-Leste, called Copanhia Panirasa Dinaste Lda.

  19. On the fire safety frontline: Lessons from Bangladeshi fire fighters

    01 April 2016

    As Occupational Safety and Health Day approaches, on 28 April, Bangladeshi fire fighters have a message for all factory owners.

  20. Talho Moris’ Butcher Shop: Fresh meat business in Timor-Leste

    28 March 2016

    A cool and clean atmosphere welcomes customers entering Talho Moris’ butcher shop at Bemori Street in Dili, Timor-Leste. A refrigerated display unit showcasing the various fresh meat cuts helps the consumers to choose what they need. Unsurprisingly, the shop is always full of customers.