Myanmar is no stranger to violence and repression. The South-East Asian nation has been economically, politically and culturally isolated since 1962 – turning one of the regions richest nations into one of the poorest. The country has suffered from decades of civil war between the myriad of ethnic and political factions leaving traces of war everywhere.
The ruling military junta finally ceded power in 2011 after losing the first democratically held elections in generations – opening up the country to foreign investment and global trade. Aung San Suu Kyi, the oft-house interred Nobel Peace Prize Winner, is seen as the moral figurehead of the country.
These photographs are provided by Ashley Yu (twitter: @ashleyayu), who works for Tag International Development. They are currently funding The Plan Bee project, which was started in 2013 with funding from the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust (LIFT) in the hopes of increasing the incomes of vulnerable people in Shan State of Myanmar.
With operations in 18 villages, Tag established community based enterprises and trained them in beekeeping, candle making, balm making, and business development with the help of partners from around the globe.