“I cannot go back to Shan State because of the civil war. I came to Rangoon as there are a lot more jobs here,” says Nan Nge Bee, one of 12 apprentices learning the new skills of hospitality and food preparation in a free training programme for women from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The programme, at the Yangon Bakehouse, was developed by four women — a baker, a nutritionist, a businesswoman and a development consultant — who joined forces six years ago with the idea of setting up a business that would make a positive difference in the lives of young Burmese women.

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