Meet with one of our Myanmar staff !

Ma Linn Linn Myat is a QA/QC (Quality Assurance and Quality Control) technician of the SCALE project. She is based in the Dry Zone region where the improved A1 stove is produced. She is 27 years old and she comes from the capital of Myanmar, Naypyidaw. She has been working for SCALE since the start of the project.

Can you tell me more about your job? What are your responsibilities and your activities?

My role is to control the quality of the improved A1 stoves produced by our partners’ producers. Quality control is an important part of the project. We are soon going to label the stoves passing the quality control.

I am also helping the Dry Zone Community Facilitator with our office financial and accounting activities. I like numbers and I am good at it so the Community Facilitator gave me more responsibilities. I am now planning to attend accountant classes to learn more about it.

You have been working for the SCALE project for 2 years. What have you learnt?

When I joined the project, I did not have any experience with development organizations or in stove manufacturing. I had the opportunity to participate in a QA/QC and monitoring training, and in a technical training about improved A1 stoves. I got very good knowledge.

I also improved my communication skills. At first, I did not know how to connect and speak with producers. I have the chance to work with people having a lot of experience with NGOs. I observe how they are working and learn from them.

How would you describe the impacts of SCALE in the field?

The project gives good support to producers. They can improve their technique and make better stoves. Most of them are not business people. They don’t know about the market and how to expand their business. Making improved cookstoves is a good opportunity for them.

We are also trying to make a stove that will facilitate rural women lives. We listen to their feedbacks and make some changes if needed. I am really happy that the project is improving women and children health by limiting their exposure to open-fire. Rural people are not aware of those problems so it is good to educate them about it.

What is your best memory in GERES?

My best memory is the first technical training we gave to producers in the Dry Zone region. It was the first time for everyone. We were all very excited. All together, we had to work hard to organize a great training. And it went very well! Producers were very happy with the training.

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