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Sally Myatt Aug 06, 2019 8:00 PM
Bikes in Bamboo

A Short Version of my ‘Project Vision’ of Bikes in Bamboo (BiB)

To Whom it May Concern,

 

My name is Sally Myatt, I live in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, I am a retired Australian (from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia) who has a vision to make Bamboo Bikes from a local bamboo and export them overseas, this will create a lot of employment for Survivors of Human Trafficking.

My project is about opening a manufacturing plant just outside of Chiang Mai, to mass produce Aluminium high-quality bracket (painted) Bamboo Bike Frames to Australia, USA and UK.  Once the manufacturing plant is off and running, we will be export the bike frames, then make ‘Custom Made’ Bamboo Bike frames with the Hemp Resin joins. Customers will be able to select what type of Bike parts they want on their bike from our new Web Site.

We then will tackle the domestic market in Thailand with a trained Sales Team (creating more jobs) with our mass produced Aluminium Bamboo frame and Bamboo accessories.

It’s taken me nearly 3 years to get this far with my Bikes in Bamboo (BiB) project, we are now into Budgets, researching the raw costs of making these Bamboo frames. 

I’ve called the project    ‘Bikes in Bamboo (BiB) Made in Thailand’

The objectives are to offer training and jobs to survivors of Human Trafficking in the factory, to give them some hope, pride in their work, a good wage, and a future to contribute to society in a positive way and feel safe. 

My vision is to expand opportunities to these young people further by offering vocational training and jobs in admin and management as well as junior supervisors, eventually, as they get more experienced over time. 

 

 

Stage 2 and 3 will create a variety of different types of jobs, as we extend operations to include a Shop/Showroom which will display many different styles of Bamboo Bikes eg: Aluminium Bamboo frames, Road Bamboo bike, Mountain & City Bamboo bikes, 3 Wheelers, Disabled and Children’s. We also will produce Bamboo accessories eg: Bamboo straws, Bamboo toothbrushes, Bamboo Bike Helmets, Bamboo Baskets etc. 

Next we will want a Bamboo Bikees Café (offering traineeships and jobs in hospitality) will come next, after the Showroom, for the tourists and customers that view our factory. 

I want the business to become a member of Thai Tourism, to partner with tour operators to visit Bikes in Bamboo (BiB) and go through the Showroom and eat in our Bikees Café.  More jobs for trained tour guides, they will explain the type of bamboo we used to the tourists and schools (by watching a video of how the bamboo is planted, harvested and brought back to the factory). Then show them how a Bamboo Bike is made and assembled in the factory. Tourists would then be guided into the Showroom/Shop and then into the Bikees Café.

My ‘vision’ and research includes involving the employed survivors families in the remote hill-tribes, to offer an opportunity (and training) to establish Bamboo plantations where they live, they then can sell the Bamboo once back to the factory. 

Our goal is to help stop the poverty cycle, which also helps to hopefully stop the sale of children into the sex industry.

The Queens Project at Doi Saket Agriculturists just outside of Chiang Mai advised they would teach the families how to plant this species of bamboo, and provide bamboo plants to start off with.

Many of the young survivors do not have ID from the Thai Government, I hoping to set up small businesses for these young people - with training to make Bamboo Straws, Bamboo Toothbrushes, etc the list is extensive.  They then can sell their products back to my factory so the profits will help not only themselves but their families in the remote hill-tribes.

A prototype of a Custom made Mountain Bamboo Bike has been manufactured, I took this bike to Australia a year ago and just recently I took a Custom made Bamboo City Bike back recently to encourage expressions of interest.  We made the City Bike in Training December 2018.

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John's work has been published in books, Magazines and newspapers, including Heinemann, BBC, McGraw Hill (US), Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, MacMillan Oxford, Independent on Sunday, Financial Times and The Sydney Morning Herald. 

Recent work includes the documentation of Burmese Migrant Workers, an ongoing project that began in 2006,“In Search of a Job-Any Job” has been widely shown at exhibitions in New York, Oxford University, FCCT Bangkok and during the Sapon Photo Festival in Seoul Korea.


Brahm Press has been working and living in Thailand for the past 20 years. He completed his graduate degree in Public Administration at the University of Washington in Seattle in 1998. During his time in Thailand, which included working for Raks Thai Foundation, Brahm has written numerous research reports about migrant workers’ health and labour rights. Since 2014, he has been the Executive Director of MAP Foundation, a migrant rights organization based in Chiang Mai and Mae Sot. Brahm has also been involved in numerous networks such as Mekong Migration Network, CARAM Asia, and the Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers, among others.

 

 

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