Start date: July 2014
The community in Long Lamai are mainly involved in subsistence farming, and like many other remote rural areas, find most of their young people moving away to urban centres. There is also a lack of awareness of the hidden assets that exist in the remote areas, such as flora and fauna, and the unique culture of Long Lamai.
This e-commerce project will leverage these assets by helping the community to develop and promote their handicrafts and homestays, and give the local people the skills to maintain the e-commerce website themselves. Ultimately, the project aims to generate new employment and reduce number of young people leaving these remote areas through the creation of social and economic opportunities.
During the first six months of the project an inventory of the local products handicrafts and tourism packages has been developed. Two workshops (on designing contemporary handicrafts and collecting digital contents) and an exchange visit have been organized for local entrepreneurs. Two full time intern students worked on organising digital contents and on developing eCommerce Website. The Website prototype is in testing phase.