Kesang Metok Women's Handicrafts
Tsering Drolma is a social entrepreneur and cultural steward deeply committed to empowering her community, especially women, in Dechen, Kham (Yunnan).
In a region with few Tibetan language schools, she first learned Tibetan writing as an adult with community classes offered by a local Tibetan group called the Kawa Karpo Culture Society. Realizing the importance of such Tibetan civic learning spaces for the younger generation, Drolma volunteered for years at Kawa Karpo to lead programs in traditional dance classes, indigenous knowledge-based conservation classes, and Tibetan language classes.
She later joined as staff and helped expand programs to six towns in Dechen, reaching over 50,000 people. In 2013, Drolma co-founded Dechen County Leydre Media to promote social enterprise by supporting local businesses oriented to social and environmental well-being. Through Leydre, which means cause and effect, Drolma produced many media and publications on Tibetan culture and received national and international recognition for her achievements.
She recently started her own social business called Kesang Metok Women’s Handicrafts with the goal to empower women through business and employment opportunities by expanding the breadth and diversity of crafts, including the production of walnut oil and wine.
Tsering Drolma is a 2017 Machik Global Innovation Fellow.