Village Weaver Project
Why We Work with Villages:
- The majority of textile artisans are women for whom textile production is only one aspect of their daily life and income. Supporting the businesses of women has been found to have significant benefits for their families thus more effectively reducing poverty.
- There are limited income generating opportunities in rural areas. Strengthening the textile production businesses provides rural people with the opportunity to remain in their community in order to improve their income. This way the income also stays in the village.
- Textile production is a “value added” product that provides a much better financial return than selling the raw fibre commodities. Keeping this value adding within the villages strengthens their industry and income.
- Textile production in Laos has strong cultural significance. Much of the technical and esoteric knowledge is passed from generation to generation within the village and often has a distinct character from group to group. This means that there is a strong geographical link to preserving the cultural integrity of Lao textiles.
UNoDC or E.U. micro-projects or departments within government such as DTI (Department of Trade & Industry), or LWU (Lao Women’s Union), who help co-ordinate training programmes and study tours. Recently our team was hired to work with the LNTA (Lao National Tourism Administration) to complete a series of training programmes that will help them achieve their target goals of poverty reduction through sustainable tourism.