Impact stories

Our impact, their voices

  1. Upskilling women migrant workers for the future of work

    21 November 2022

    Evelyn spent almost half of her life as a migrant domestic worker. Thanks to a training scholarship, Evelyn acquired digital skills, secured a decent job locally and fulfilled her longing to be with her family.

  2. Employing digital strategies to honour, care and respect the elderly

    31 October 2022

    As the co-owner iElder.asia, Olivia Quah is committed to ensuring elders can live life to the fullest through her medical service e-commerce platform. Always on the lookout for opportunities to pursue new digital marketing strategies, Olivia participated in a programme delivered under the ILO’s Rebuilding Better project which inspired her to transform her business website.

  3. Glass half-full: Social entrepreneur embodies optimism & hope through COVID-19

    31 October 2022

    Susan Zamora Olarte is the co-owner of Vino Arsan Enterprises, a small agribusiness producing local wine in the Philippines. Determined to take her 100% Filipino handcrafted wines and spirits to the next level, Susan is promoting the livelihood of local farmers and pushing the market towards environmental sustainability in the post-pandemic, ‘new normal”.

  4. Resilience and growth aided by digital tools and inspiring female friendships

    19 October 2022

    Sirintra Jittrawong is a Thai entrepreneur juggling not one, but two separate businesses. Always looking to expand her skillset and help those around her, Sirintra demonstrates the powerful role women play in their business communities.

  5. Occupational safety and health enhance the business resilience of Indonesian SMEs

    10 October 2022

    The risk assessment service provided by the ILO’s Enhancing COVID-19 Prevention at and through Workplaces has helped Indonesia small- and medium-sized enterprises survive the pandemic. Two resilient businesswomen shared their survival journeys.

  6. Rejected and discriminated: From toilet cleaner to business owner

    26 September 2022

    Zee never gave up on her dream to start a business despite rejection, discrimination, a pandemic and a super typhoon. A hybrid trade fair organized by the ILO and the Women's Business Council Philippines, with the support of J.P. Morgan, gives Zee more chances to grow her business.

  7. Growing skills, mindsets and business: Peer support programme for COVID-19 recovery and long-term resilience

    09 August 2022

    Umpanuch Bubpachai shares her story of taking over a business during the COVID-19 pandemic, confronting discrimination and changing her own mindset to overcome challenges through the WE-Can Be Resilient Programme.

  8. Mastering the sewing machine with dwarfism

    21 July 2022

    The Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), under the Technical and Madrasa Education Division (TMED), Ministry of Education, has carried out several steps in collaboration with the ILO’s EU funded Skills 21 project to make its TVET institutes accessible for all.

  9. Wiring dreams to earn more

    20 July 2022

    ILO’s EU funded Skills 21 project is assisting the partner TVET Institutes in providing job focused skills training through a modern TVET system. Like Abdullah Al Mamur, other 4568 youths trained in NTVQF level 1 and 2 on different occupations from the TVET institutes under this programme.

  10. Child marriage didn’t stop Reshma to become an entrepreneur

    19 July 2022

    ILO’s EU funded Skills 21 project is assisting the partner TVET Institutes in providing entrepreneurship and management training programmes for potential and existing entrepreneurs, using proven ILO training tools such as Know About Business (KAB), and Start and Improve your Business (SIYB) and their ‘green’ extensions. Like Reshma Akhter, other 2100 youths took the entrepreneurship development training from the TVET institutes under this programme.