Local product manufacturer Flying Squirrel Outfitters is best known for their line of handmade hammocks and NoNo Bags, which you may have seen at the annual Citylife Garden Fairs. FSO works to create sustainable social impact by empowering women through ethical job creation in rural areas of Northern Thailand. They also partner with many local Chiang Mai businesses and schools designing custom branded promotional products.
Like many small businesses being ravaged by the COVID19 virus, product-based businesses are also taking a huge hit. Brian Carraway, Founder of FSO says “Last year, 75% of our business came from large production orders for our business and corporate partners. Now, many of them are either not open for business or in serious survival mode. Understandably, demand for our products have slowed dramatically.”
Brian says one reasons he created FSO was to have the resources to design and create new products easily without a large supply chain. So it’s no surprise Brian was able to quickly transition his production team into making cloth masks in response to the spreading virus. “The opportunity presented itself fast and our team really needed the work, so we just made it happen.”
“Within the first two weeks we secured 2,000 mask orders, which was a big surprise! The team set their own pricing and FSO has forgone any profit to ensure masks are affordable as possible. The team sees the need for the masks, and they feel a real sense of contribution by making them.”
Purchasing masks from FSO helps provide an income for at risk woman during this time. Masks are available for sale and orders can be placed by contacting Flying Squirrel Outfitters on their Facebook www.facebook.com/flyingsquirreloutfitters
1 -11 masks = 20thb/each
12+ masks = 15thb/each
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