Ock Pop Tok started small — with five weavers and a handful of friends hoping to have fun and channel their creative energy. Now, we’re proud to say that we’ve grown into a company built on shared values (link) and a common mission.
What started with five weavers has grown to working with more than 400 artisans through Laos. With our growth has come the chance to help support and foster artisans throughout this beautiful country. We’ve been able to provide full and part time jobs to women in Luang Prabang — more than 25 Master Weavers at the Living Crafts Centre and an additional 30 or so from nearby villages.
Our artisans who are full time team members are entitled to interest-free loans, bonuses paid as share of the profit and opportunities to travel abroad to act as ambassadors for Laos and weaving culture. Ock Pop Tok covers all costs of supplies, looms and maintenance.
For many women, weaving is only something they can work on in free time. Our goal has been to find a way to make it a sustainable source of income for as many women as possible.
50% of revenue back to Village Weaver Projects
Partnerships built through the Village Weaver Projects allow us to truly show visitors a taste of cultures and traditions from throughout this diverse country. With 49 recognized ethinic groups, we work with women in 11 provinces in Laos.
BBC: Weaving a New Future in Laos