Played around on illustrator a bit with some of my favorite quotes from John Lennon. I’ve decided to share a little extra love this Valentine’s day by including a printed 4 x 6 in. card with each purchase of a pillow — now until February 14th!
How one woman (Mrs. Vang Thi Mai) — transformed the lives of former trafficking victims in northern Vietnam. With her strong will, she’s helped hundreds of women pull themselves out of poverty. Truly inspirational.
And guess who’s going to (hopefully) meet this woman?! Me! If I manage to find her ;)
In a few days I will be headed to Hanoi, Vietnam then hopping onto a train to the Northern most province; Ha Giang in search of this weaving co-operative.
This halloween will be spent in the rocky plateaus of Quan Ba province with it’s fabled limestone highlands and colorful ethnic minorities. Perhaps I’ll dress up in some good ol’ traditional Vietnamese hill tribe clothing as my costume. wooooo! ;)
I’ve yet been able to contact this weaving center but I’m determined to find them, meet the women and source some of their handwoven goodies for Oimei Co.!! Wish me luck!
WOW. What a great week it has been for our campaign and a ALL the wonderful support! We’re now at 45 backers with a total of $3,180 raised towards our goal!!
A HUGE thanks to everyone helping us spread the word and raising awareness. It’s been a one heck of a roller-coaster with many uncertainties running through my mind. The most challenging part is that I’ve devoted these few months into pursuing this project with no income and “clear” idea of the ultimate outcome. But it’s all of YOU who has kept me pushing forward and I thank you for that. I knew from the start that it’s going to be challenging but to have all the support and belief in the cause makes it worthwhile :)
Please continue to help make this a reality by spreading the word! & supporting us at Startsomegood.com.
For those of you in the western world; HAPPY FRIDAY & ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND! I’m off to bed and looking forward to a lovely Saturday attending a natural dyeing & weaving demonstration by the villagers!
Sending you good thoughts. Love, Peace & Smiles from Bangkok!
Meet Miss Chanthaly Konglasy. She is a sweet 19 year old gal from Sampanthong Village in Nothern Laos. She has just graduated from high school and began working at Houey Hong Training Center for Women as a junior weaver. Weaving allows her to pay for college and cover personal living expenses.
Working at this training center means that she is in a safe environment, receives vocational support & training, gets paid a fair wage and has a set schedule where she is off by 4pm everyday. This allows her to attend college in the evenings where she is studying Business English in hopes of becoming a language teacher in the future. On her free time she enjoys singing and also likes to play futbol (soccer).
Why does her story matter? Because she lives in a developing country where many young girls are sold/manipulated/forced into undignified work. Think, human trafficking. This is a great vocational center created to support the art of weaving & providing a different path for young girls.