Maybank Women Eco-Weavers
Maybank Women Eco-Weavers is a programme that promotes traditional textiles globally in a sustainable manner whilst creating economic independence and financial inclusion for women weavers across the ASEAN region.
In ASEAN, there exist many similarities that cut across the borders of the 10 member nations, one of which being the ancient art of textile weaving. As a leading regional bank, Maybank appreciates the traditions and heritage across Southeast Asia, including the struggles to preserve the ancient art of textile weaving. Together with the ASEAN communities, we are evolving into a common mission to preserve the ASEAN cultural heritage and contribute towards building the ASEAN identity as aligned to the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Blueprint 2025, in addition to supporting the aspirations of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Currently running in Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos and Malaysia, Maybank Women Eco-Weavers has a key objective of creating economic independence and financial inclusion for women weavers through sustainable woven textile production. As part of a holistic approach to ensure sustainability in the weaving ecosystem, we also infuse sericulture programmes to help mulberry farmers who play a major part in the silk supply chain in selected countries. Ultimately, whilst focusing on the women weavers, this award-winning programme aims to provide financial uplift to as many people as possible in the art of textile weaving.