Quits that stitch with love

Imagine you are a mother with 3 young children, living in a poor rural village in Vietnam. You really hope to earn some money to help the family but you must stay at home looking after your children. Yet, you find the unemployment rate …

Unemployment, female (% of female labor force), The World Bank

Bangladesh     4.7%

Cambodia       0.2%

Thailand         0.6%

Vietnam          2.1%

Source: http://i.go.asia/2rmGtwo

Mekong Quilts is a social enterprise creating sustainable employment for underprivileged women in remote and rural regions of Vietnam and Cambodia. Starting from 35 women sewing handcrafted quilts in 2001, they have now employs over 200 women in communities northeast of Ho Chi Minh City, Duc Linh and Tanh Linh, Ham Thuan Nam (Binh Thuan Province), Long My (Hau Giang  province) in the Mekong Delta and Rumdoul (Svay Rieng province) in Cambodia.

The high quality, handcrafted quilts and accessories (and bamboo bicycle too!) is making of silks and cottons, environmentally sustainable raw materials such as bamboo, water hyacinth and papier mache, all materials sourced locally to reduce carbon footprint. They accept custom order too.

If you want to support Mekong Quilts, click here to visit their website

Photo: Mekong Quilts Facebook