The Myanmar Artisan Toolkit is a business training manual designed for the craft sector and creative industries in Myanmar.

Covering topics from production to sales to design, the Toolkit reviews standard business practices and provides practical tools to overcome common challenges, enabling you to build your business—for you, your family and your community.

It is divided into two levels to address your needs, whether you’re new to business or have years of experience:


Starting your business

Introduces new entrepreneurs, producers, makers and artisans with small (often informal) businesses to basic business concepts and focuses on the local market.

Level 1 is organized into seven chapters, the first five of which focus on business basics—the market and business relationships, production, costing and pricing, promoting your business and sales. The last two chapters explore how to grow your business through business planning, finding new customers and developing new products.

These concepts are introduced through the story of Ma Hsu Hsu, a young woman from the outskirts of Mandalay who builds a successful handmade textiles business, finding and overcoming many challenges along the way.

Exercises at the end of each chapter help you apply the tools Ma Hsu Hsu uses and the lessons she learns to your craft business. Templates of tables and other useful forms and resources are below.


growing your business

Provides more experienced artisans and larger business owners with the tools to strengthen your business and compete in local, regional and international markets.

Level 2 is organized into eight chapters, the first five of which focus on business fundamentals: relationships, production, pricing and costing, marketing and sales. The last three chapters explore how to grow your business: planning for growth, developing new products and finding new customers, including in international markets.

The case studies used throughout the Toolkit describe businesses from the three primary craft sectors in Myanmar: jewelry, woodworking and textiles. The businesses are fictive, but many of the details and examples are based on successful Myanmar and international businesses.

The tools used in, and lessons learned from, the case studies can be applied to your business, no matter what your craft.

Level 2 (Myanmar)

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The Toolkit provides information and tools to build and strengthen your business. It was created to be flexible to the different needs of artisans and business owners.

The lessons will have the greatest impact when used with other resources, tools and support from your network, your school, the Internet or NGOs, social business and government agencies that support creative industries.

Learning the content is one thing, and applying it to your business is another. Here are some tips to help you make the most out of the toolkit:


artisans & Business owners

  • Read the Toolkit which best represents your current situation.
  • Think about how to apply the lessons to your own business/craft.
  • Do the exercises.
  • Use the templates and tools in your business.
  • Ask your trainer or an experienced business person in your community for help.
  • Share the Toolkit with your staff, suppliers and producers in your network.
  • Keep up to date on our Facebook page.
  • Request training from a certified Myanmar Artisan Toolkit trainer 

Teachers & Trainers

  • First of all it is important to have a strong understanding of who you are training. What are their priorities, motivations, troubles, skills and previous experience related to business?  
  • Choose which level (1 or 2) would best suit the needs of your trainee(s)
  • Read the content ahead of time to prepare yourself and tailor the training to your trainee(s)
  • Go through each chapter with your trainee(s). Best to do one chapter at a time in order to give some time to review the concepts and examples in each chapter. Ask questions to ensure the trainees understand the concepts and how they may apply to them. Ask trainees to share their own examples and experiences. 
  • Encourage trainees to ask questions to you and others in the group.
  • Do the exercises in the Trainer’s Notes as a group.
  • Encourage trainees to use the exercises templates to improve their business practices. 
  • Become a certified MAT trainer.

Want to know more?

  • Keep up to date on our Facebook page
  • Contact us if you are interested to do a certified MAT Trainer Training Course.