What makes a good partnership — and 5 social enterprises you should know

“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller And thus opened the panel discussion on what makes successful partnerships at the Asian Women Social Entrepreneurs Network Conference in Bangkok. There were 30 (or so)…

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How to hang a wall hanging

It’s a common question we get here at Ock Pop Tok: now that I’m home, how do I hang my wall hanging? These intricate, handmade textiles are truly a piece of art. So, of course you want to display them…

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What fair trade means at Ock Pop Tok

 Before there was Ock Pop Tok, there were two friends learning and experimenting with different ideas of Lao weaving. Before there were three shops, a Living Crafts Centre, the Village Weaver Project and a nonprofit foundation, there was a hunch…

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How (and Why) You Should Wear A Sinh

   The women here in Laos wear many hats: anything from businesswoman to homemaker, from chef to artist. They also wear many sinhs. This traditional skirt is as diverse as the women who wear them. The designs vary by ethnic…

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Faces of OPT: Chef Keo

Chef Keo was born just down the Mekong from here, in a small village outside of Luang Prabang. A natural born leader, she is the eldest of three. Like most Lao people, she is a serious foodie, understanding that life…

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Celebrating the Women of Ock Pop Tok

Humblebrag: we have some pretty amazing women here at Ock Pop Tok. Of the current team members, 75 percent are women — many of those in leadership roles. There are many words that apply, both personally and professionally: friends, daughters,…

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Behind the Scenes: Nam Et-Phou Louey Village Weaver Project

From Marie Vahl, Ock Pop Tok Production Coordinator: As a new member of the Ock Pop Tok team, I jumped at the chance to join our co-founder and production assistant on my first  Village Weaver Project trip to the Nam…

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From Laos, With Love

It’s said a picture is worth a thousand words. Could the same be said for a Lao pha khan mon, or “love gift”? These small woven pieces carry a big mission: reminding those away from home of the loved ones…

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Faces of OPT: Mrs Bang

At Ock Pop Tok, we strive to empower weavers throughout Laos in order to promote economic stability and leadership opportunities for women. One way is by hosting trainings for village weavers at our Living Crafts Centre. Recently, we partnered with…

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New Year’s Times Three

New Year’s  — a time to start fresh — whether it’s with resolutions or a simple flip of the calendar. In Laos, you have more than one chance to do just that, with multiple New Year’s celebrations throughout the year….

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