December 19, 2012

Village Life Changed by Starting a Bamboo Industry

A short video of the Sangthong District Bamboo Trade Association that was set up in 2009.

A project that helped to create a bamboo products industry among a small number of villages with support from several iNGOs.

By creating bamboo goods to sell, the villagers have increased their standard of living and their livelihoods have an additional source of income.  As the video shows, those same villages went on to acquire land titles that would help protect their land and ensure that its resources cannot be taken without their permission.  Village land tenures, according to the video, were the first of its kind in Laos.

It's an inspiring project that's yielded very positive results.

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