What started with 5 weavers has grown to working with more than 500 artisans throughout Laos. With our growth has come the chance to help support and foster artisans throughout this beautiful country. We provide full and part time jobs to women in Luang Prabang — more than 20 Master Weavers work full time at the Living Crafts Centre and an additional 30 work part time in a nearby village.
Our artisans who are full time team members are entitled to interest-free loans, bonuses paid as a share of profit, and opportunities to travel abroad to act as cultural ambassadors for Laos and weaving culture.
For many women in Laos, weaving is only something that they can work on in their free time. Our goal is to find a way to make weaving a sustainable source of income for as many women as possible.
As a social enterprise we strive to make our community a better place and a part of that is caring about our impact on the environment. We source all of our raw materials locally and seasonally in order to minimising our carbon footprint. This also reflects our commitment to the local community by supporting local business.
We aim to be a plastic free company and have taken to big steps towards this goal. We are working with our team to raise awareness and educate the local community about the issue of plastic pollution on as a global problem. We are committed to help OPT team members find solutions and reduce plastic use at work and in their personal lives.
We stopped using plastic straws in our cafes and replaced them with locally sourced bamboo straws. We also stopped selling plastic water bottles. We give all of our guest free purified drinking water. We also set up water refill stations at all of our shops and cafes so that people can refill their reusable water bottles for free with the mission of reducing the sale of plastic water bottles in the community.
Additionally, as part of our sustainable development policy, Ock Pop Tok has made a commitment to making all our activities environmentally friendly, in particular by:
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