Tanoti is a social enterprise focused on heritage craft preservation, women’s empowerment, and rural community building. The Penans are Sarawak’s last nomadic tribe, having settled into structured communities between 30 years to as recent as 5 years ago. Their deep connection with the rainforests sees them still relying on the jungles to support their lives and supplement their livelihoods.
TaiBaan was started by PADETC, a Lao NGO, as a fair trade social business that works with traditional handicraft artisans to preserve and promote Lao village crafts, create employment opportunities for villagers – mostly women – and reduce poverty. TaiBaan was originally named Saoban. In 2020, Saoban was renamed TaiBaan to reflect rebranding needs of the company. TaiBaan means ‘village or a community of villages’ in the Lao language. TaiBaan supports more than 15 village crafts groups of many ethnic communities across 10 provinces of Laos. When you buy from TaiBaan Crafts, you provide employment and training for the artisans, and the profits stay in the village communities.
At MADE51 we bring beautiful hand-made crafts created by refugee artisans to the global market. Every product sold helps refugees build sustainable livelihoods whilst continuing to celebrate and maintain long-held artistic traditions. Made51 is brought to life by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, a global organisation dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.
Indigo Cat is authentic. All our products are genuinely manufactured by hand. From homegrown hemp to traditional batik or handmade embroidery. We carefully choose our fabrics directly by visiting local families from all over the northern part of Vietnam.
Over the years, our social enterprise, Reaching Out, has grown to a multi-location group of businesses where people of different abilities can showcase their unique talents in an array of exquisitely crafted goods and gracious services. Driven by strong core values and a commitment to quality and integrity, more than 70 employees, both able bodied and the disabled, now comprise a strong team who together, have created this world-renowned enterprise.
Since 2001, Mekong Quilts is a social enterprise acting for sustainable employment of under-privileged women in Vietnam and Cambodia, by creating high-quality products, respectful of the planet. Our clothes are made of natural linen or cotton, all our papier-maché products are 100% made of recycled newspaper, and we have a big collection of natural hand-braided water hyacinth bags. But one of our most original products in terms of material used, is the bamboo bike. As resistant as a bike made of steel but… natural!
Ock Pop Tok (East meets West in Lao) was founded by women and is run by women for the women of Laos. We started small and have kept innovating over the years mixing our eastern traditions with our western flair. Our most valuable assets remain our people. We share the same will to keep the textile traditions of Laos alive and thriving.