Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international cooperation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social, and cultural rights, indispensable for his/her dignity and the free development of his personality.
We believe that social business has the power to engage the innate talents of individuals in a way that is natural to their lifestyles, respectful of local customs and promotes the creation of authentic, beautiful and meaningful product. We collaborate with artisan communities through non-governmental organizations and local businesses to develop design forward products for international markets. Every purchase supports the livelihoods of artisans that work according to their own environmentally and culturally sustainable traditions. At 6 million, the population of Lao PDR is nearly 2 million fewer than New York City’s yet is as diverse, comprising nearly 50 ethnic groups. A country roughly the size of England, it is less densely covered with 23 versus 246 people per square kilometer.
Considered to be the poorest country in Asia after Bangladesh, subsistence agriculture accounts for approximately half of the GDP and provides 80% of employment. Bringing another meaning to farm to table, families literally eat what they harvest, leaving little opportunity to sell and generate disposable income. Handcrafts, however, from textiles to repurposed metal, baskets to paper, function as useful quotidian objects, while also representing Lao cultural and artistic traditions. Critically, these handcrafts, especially textiles, diversify income sources and present an opportunity for women to become active contributors to the economic well being of their families.
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