Cheroots, a cigar, have been part of the Myanmar tradition especially in the village areas. They are fond of smoking their native cigars. Their love for cigars gave an opportunity to a community of women in Bago to start their income-generating activity.
Ma Thi Thi Moa, 43, formed this community. She earned her experience in making cigars in a cigarette factory where she used to work. When she got married, she resigned and started making cheroots ordered by a cigar distributor. The small community, which is composed of 24 women, do the job orders. They are doing this livelihood for about ten years now.
They get raw materials from the factory, produce the cigars, and deliver the finished cheroots to the factory. The factory then delivers