Fair Trade Laos is all about positive impact and supporting impoverished producers and their communities. Through fair trade we ensure sustainable livelihoods and contribute to improving the living conditions of the poorest in Lao PDR by empowering small-scale producers.
As a cooperative of 10 members Fair Trade Laos helps over 3000 artisans and farmers in 88 villages over 16 provinces in Laos.
The number of villages our members work in...
“Before working for AgroAsie I was struggling to find work because of my disability. As a young man I fell of a truck and broke my ankle. Medical treatment in Laos is not good and my simple injury got infected leading to several amputations until I lost my whole leg. I also lost my hearing due to being given too much anesthetic for one of my amputations. My disabilities made it very difficult for me to find steady work to support my family. Now my life has completely changed since my wife and I have been working on the AgroAsie farm in Sangthong disctrict in Vientiane for 5 years. I am very happy that through fair trade I have the opportunity to do meaningful work, get a steady income and be paid fairly.” Fuang works for FTL member AgroAsie.
Fair Trade Laos members workforce is made up of approximately 63% women.
Right photo courtesy of TAEC.
“In the past I cannot make much money from weaving because there are not many buyers nearby. After joining the weaver’s group led by Khampha, things have become better. We have more places to sell our weaving. This is because Saoban links us to more buyers and we now get more orders. I now earn about 900,000 kip per month so I can keep my children in school until they finish high school.” Read the full story on Saoban’s website.