Impact stories

January 2023

  1. Growing businesses beyond their hometown

    17 January 2023

    The ILO-UK Skills for Prosperity Programme has helped Malaysia’s local Sabahans supercharge their entrepreneurial, marketing and food processing skills.

November 2022

  1. Upskilling women migrant workers for the future of work

    21 November 2022

    Evelyn spent almost half of her life as a migrant domestic worker. Thanks to a training scholarship, Evelyn acquired digital skills, secured a decent job locally and fulfilled her longing to be with her family.

October 2022

  1. Employing digital strategies to honour, care and respect the elderly

    31 October 2022

    As the co-owner, Olivia Quah is committed to ensuring elders can live life to the fullest through her medical service e-commerce platform. Always on the lookout for opportunities to pursue new digital marketing strategies, Olivia participated in a programme delivered under the ILO’s Rebuilding Better project which inspired her to transform her business website.

  2. Glass half-full: Social entrepreneur embodies optimism & hope through COVID-19

    31 October 2022

    Susan Zamora Olarte is the co-owner of Vino Arsan Enterprises, a small agribusiness producing local wine in the Philippines. Determined to take her 100% Filipino handcrafted wines and spirits to the next level, Susan is promoting the livelihood of local farmers and pushing the market towards environmental sustainability in the post-pandemic, ‘new normal”.

  3. Resilience and growth aided by digital tools and inspiring female friendships

    19 October 2022

    Sirintra Jittrawong is a Thai entrepreneur juggling not one, but two separate businesses. Always looking to expand her skillset and help those around her, Sirintra demonstrates the powerful role women play in their business communities.

  4. Occupational safety and health enhance the business resilience of Indonesian SMEs

    10 October 2022

    The risk assessment service provided by the ILO’s Enhancing COVID-19 Prevention at and through Workplaces has helped Indonesia small- and medium-sized enterprises survive the pandemic. Two resilient businesswomen shared their survival journeys.

September 2022

  1. Rejected and discriminated: From toilet cleaner to business owner

    26 September 2022

    Zee never gave up on her dream to start a business despite rejection, discrimination, a pandemic and a super typhoon. A hybrid trade fair organized by the ILO and the Women's Business Council Philippines, with the support of J.P. Morgan, gives Zee more chances to grow her business.

August 2022

  1. Growing skills, mindsets and business: Peer support programme for COVID-19 recovery and long-term resilience

    09 August 2022

    Umpanuch Bubpachai shares her story of taking over a business during the COVID-19 pandemic, confronting discrimination and changing her own mindset to overcome challenges through the WE-Can Be Resilient Programme.

July 2022

  1. Mastering the sewing machine with dwarfism

    21 July 2022

    The Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), under the Technical and Madrasa Education Division (TMED), Ministry of Education, has carried out several steps in collaboration with the ILO’s EU funded Skills 21 project to make its TVET institutes accessible for all.

  2. Wiring dreams to earn more

    20 July 2022

    ILO’s EU funded Skills 21 project is assisting the partner TVET Institutes in providing job focused skills training through a modern TVET system. Like Abdullah Al Mamur, other 4568 youths trained in NTVQF level 1 and 2 on different occupations from the TVET institutes under this programme.