These velvety soft passport bags are made by Lahu Womens Organization (LWO) members in Thailand. Most of the Lahu women are undocumented Burmese, who have no opportunity to hold jobs in towns and no income to support their families. The LWO helps them by finding markets for their products, such as this passport holder.
Handmade and Fair Trade Imported.
WEAVE - Womens' Education for Advancement and Empowerment
One World Projects is partnering with WEAVE (Womens' Education for Advancement and Empowerment), a non-profit organization working within Thailand, to assist women in the refugee camps at Mae Sot and Mae Sariang.
The military dictatorship in Burma known as the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) has been perpetrating human rights abuses against the people of Burma.
Since 1986, thousands of Burmese families have fled as refugees to Thailand. Currently over 120,000 people face an uncertain future as displaced people, crowded into refugee camps on the Thai-Burmese border.
Among these people are the Karen and Karenni ethnic groups. Life in refugee camps is physically difficult and emotionally challenging. Refugees are dependent on the tolerance of Thailand, which has become more and more strained.
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