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Together we can do more!

Global Micro Initiative cooperates with many partners in South East Asia. One of our partners is Project Life Subic with its qualitative training program in the Philippines. Many trainees acquire useful skills in processing textiles e.g. sewing but also learn how to successfully apply for a job and prepare for an interview. Furthermore, trainees have […]


Lek’s life was never easy. The Thai woman living in Pattaya has already experienced a lot in her 35 years of life, unfortunately not many positives. After the divorce from her husband, who was the sole breadwinner of the family at that time, Lek, suddenly had to earn her income on her own. She had […]


Training on the Philippines

A few weeks ago, our Philippine partner organisation Project Life Subic welcomed another ten women and one man to its training program as industrial seamstress. The success of the previous trainings can be characterized by the fact that many of the current trainees were made aware of the program by former participants. They all like […]

Lorna R. Lizada

From Dream to Reality

During your childhood you have many dreams. Some of the following women would have wished to save lives as a doctor, go to the police, or travel around the world as a stewardess. But in a poor country like the Philippines, education is expensive, and many locals have no choice but to work in low-paid […]


Saving Money

This year’s stay in the Philippines was used by our director Tobias Schüßler to develop a new program with the team of our partner organization Project Life Subic. The aim is to bring the benefits of saving money to the participants of the trainings we support for industrial textile processors, which also to help them […]



Pattaya is a city in southern Thailand and famous for it ́s vibrant nightlife. Pla was 18 years old when she moved to Pattya, originally from the north of Thailand. She came to the city like many other Thai women from rural areas who seek to earn more money in order to support their family. […]


Together we Achieve More

Thanks to the amazing support of the matched giving campaign of our local bank we are able to sponsor 10 students in every batch of this year’s sewing classes of our partner Project Life Subic in the Philippines.  During his stay in the Philippines, our director Tobias Schüßler was able to personally hand over the […]


10 Additional Trainings

Growing up without any real education, a monthly family income of 80 to 250 Euros, as well as living with several relatives in simple Two-bedroom apartments – all these commonalities are shared by the 10 women, aged 22 to 56, who are participating in our apprenticeship program as industrial seamstress in the Philippines. However, not […]


How Tailor Trainings Transform Lives

Participants of our sponsored sewing training not only learn how to handle high-speed sewing machines, various yarns and fabrics. They also learn how to apply to local employers and convince them in a job interview, punctuality and reliability are also being worked on. At the end of last year, another group of students benefited from […]


Mael (22) comes from the province of Chaiyaphum in northeastern Thailand. Since there is little work available in Chaiyaphum, she had come to Pattaya. There, she worked for two years in a go-go bar on the famous “Walking Street”. “Mael has heard of the Tamar Center from another woman who came to us in the […]

Philippines: Childhood dreams

Every person has dreams, no matter what conditions they grow up in. The participants in the training program of Project Life Subic, our partner organization from the Philippines all have a less privileged background. GMI volunteer Anja interviewed 3 participants sponsored by us in the current course and wanted to know from them: “What was […]

Three Ladies – one Goal

They all want to learn to sew through our training program or to develop their skills in order to have better prospects for the future and to be able to care for their families. One of the participants is the 27-year-old Analyn from Barretto. Together with her family she lives in a humble apartment. After […]

New Job Trainees in the Philippines

Our training participants could not be more different, yet they all have the same goal: they want to find a job after the apprenticeship to the industrial sewer with their acquired knowledge. Update September 2018 3 months after graduating, we contacted the three sponsored students. Jervie works in a computer store, where he earns more than minimum […]


Place: Pattya, Thailand   Age: 39   Costs: 490 €   Nong is originally from the small province Korat in northeastern Thailand. As her family is very poor, she decided to move to Pattaya to earn more money. Nong’s 13-year old son stayed with the family, which now takes care of him. Every month, the […]


Irene, Grace & April

Four more students have completed their course in the Philippines. Here you can find out who they are.     Irene, 52, has four childen. Even though the family is already quite large from a European perspective, they share their two rooms with other relatives in order to save money. After the training she will try […]


Place: Pattya, Thailand   Age: 25   Costs: 480 €   Sky is from Kon Ken in the North of Thailand. Her village is very small and isolated and therefore does not offer many opportunities to work. This is why her family sent her to Pettaya to earn money. She took her two children (8 […]

Students Philippines

Four more students have completed their course in the Philippines. Here you can find out who they are.  Belen is 47-years old and lives in a small town, approximately one hour from our partner organisation Project Life. Her husband works as a welder for a shipyard and yet, just about manages to sustain the family. The […]


Place: Olongapo, Philippines   Age: 49   Costs: 90€   The 49-year-old Haydee lives together with her husband and their five children in a small house in Olongapo City. Her husband works as a taxi driver and by this, takes care of the family. But Haydee wants to support her husband and her family as well, […]


Place: Olongapo, Philippines   Age: 50   Costs: 90€   Like most people in Olongapo City, the 50-year-old Heidi struggles daily to take care of her family. She lives together with her husband and their two children. She takes part in our program to learn more about producing clothes. After the apprenticeship, Heidi would like to […]


Place: Subic, Philippines   Age: 49   Costs: 90€   Marilyn lives in Calapandayan Subic, Philippines with her two children and her husband. Her husband is pastor in a small church. The ambitious 49-year-old does not only take part in our apprenticeship program to learn sewing school uniforms and dresses but she also wants to find […]

Another Batch Graduated

Another batch of sponsored students has graduated from their class. in this group, we sponsored 4 of them. With the certificate they now hold, finding a permanent job is way easier. Thank you all for your donations to make this possible!


Place: Olongapo, Philippines   Age: 41   Costs: 90€   Like many of our participants Loredel Rodavia is from Olango on the Philippines. The 41-year-old lives in a small three-bedroom house with her family and relatives. Her husband works as a mechanic to care for his family. Loredel decided to take part in our apprenticeship program […]


Place: Olongapo, Philippines   Age: 36   Costs: 90€   This is Jenny and she’s 36 years old. She currently lives at La union street Barretto Olongapo City. In her family she has 6 members including her 4 siblings and her parent’s works as a sewer. She is single and the reason she participated in our sewing […]


Place: Barretto, Philippines   Age: 36   Costs: 90€   This is Agnes and she’s 36 years old. She currently lives at Baretto Olongapo City. In her family she has 4 members including her 3 children and her husband works as a butcher. Her family lives together with her mother-in-law in a small apartment so that they […]


Place: Barretto, Philippines   Age: 25   Costs: 90€   Jenifer is 25 years old. She currently lives in Barretto but originally she’s from Bulacan province. In her family she has 13 members including her 11 siblings and her parents. Her mother works as a sewer and her father has no work.  She moved here in Olongapo […]


Place: Olongapo, Philippines   Age: 54   Costs: 90€   This is Teresa and she’s 54 years old. She currently lives in Olongapo City. In her family she has 3 members including her 2 children and her husband works as a driver. Her family lives together with their other relatives in a small 3 room house so […]


Place: Olongapo, Philippines   Age: 20   Costs: 90€   Menche lives together with her 5 siblings and her parents. Menche’s father is a construction foreman and her mother works as a street sweeper at their barangay.  Menche participated in the sewing program as she not only wanted to learn how to sew but also improve her […]


Place: Castillejos, Philippines   Age: 36   Costs: 90€   This is Maria Leonora Novales, a 36 year-old currently living at P-4 Barangay Del Pilar, Castillejos Zambales. Maria’s husband works as a tricycle driver and he earns 300p per day. They been living together for 20 years and they have 6 children. Their living situation is manageable […]


Place: Olongapo, Philippines   Age: 18   Costs: 90€   Paula has 3 siblings and her step-father works as a construction worker in Hanjin Company while her mother works as a beautician. Paula participated in sewing training as she wants to be able to find a job in the clothing industry one day. According to her, the training […]


Place: Subic, Philippines   Age: 26   Costs: 90€   Update March 2017 Motivated by the positive experiences at Project Life, Alaysa now takes part another qualificationprogram.   About Alaysa Alaysa is married and has 2 children. The family lives together in a small house with her in-laws and other relatives. Her husband works as a construction worker […]


Place: Subic, Philippines   Age: 19   Costs: 90€   Update March 2017 A few weeks after Graduating, Stephen found a job in a nearby company.   About Stephen Steven is from the countryside, yet is currently living in Olongapo with his grandparents and other relatives. After High School he took part in a training program in […]


Place: Subic, Philippines   Age: 38   Costs: 90€   Update November 2016 Aireen received a micro loan in order to start her own tailor shop.   About Aireen Until recently, Aireen was predominantly a housewife as well as a mother of three. To increase the income of her family, she sold products for the make-up brand […]


Place: Subic, Philippines   Age: 44   Costs: 90€   Helen lives together with her husband and her five children in Subic. Until recently she took care of her family as a housewife, however, her passion is sewing. Helen’s sister encouraged her to make an apprenticeship at Project Life in order to make money with her talent: […]