Kajsiab Womens Workplace- A Help for Women
Kajsiab began many years ago with just a few wooden planks to show visitors the unique handmade artwork the women from the mountains make. Soon we had a real shop; The Woman Empowerment Shop we named it, to provide help for women, right at the Daauw Home Restaurant. A few years later we built the Women's Workplace, where the local women make embroideries and other artworks, using their traditional skills and adding a modern touch.
Many workshops have been done in the past years and eventually drawing, making notebooks, painting and making embroideries are the workshops that are succesful, not only by selling them but also in making them. The Women;s Workplace is also the center ofInformal computer classes, English conversation classes and informal talks about sexual education, raising children, healthy equal personal relationships and hygiene.
The Kajsiab team will buy this year a video projector to show information, short movies and documentaries about sexual health, pregnancies, women and health, nature and world issues, collecting garbage, and other important educational issues.
People can order the local products that the women make in the Workplace and in the Villages online too. The women from the workplace can make up to 50 or even 100 pieces as long as they realize that all products are unique and colors will always be slightly different. The women in the villages make unique products of which each item is different. The women from both groups mostly make bags, wall hangings, pillowcases, notebooks, passport holders, earrings,necklaces, and clothing.
There are no local -night - markets around but that might change depending on the future plans of Bokeo province. Buyers of the products are mostly visitors of Daauw Home, volunteers and the group of people all over the world that is connected with Kajsiab and order online. The Women’s Workplace has tried a lot the past years and we are all proud and happy that we now have our own product line; Kajsiab Creations.
The women of Kajsiab Creations can generate a sufficient income with their work . Kajsiab Women's Workplace is since this year able to buy all the new fabric from the income instead of donations and even give a percentage to the running costs of the Women’s Workplace. There is no other profit or middle person which means the percentage the the local women get is fair.
The circle is almost round, thanks to the generosity of the sponsors, the persistence, vision and realism of the Kajsiab Team in the Women’s Workplace, the local women and the traditional knowledge and skills of the women of the mountains in Laos.
Women's Blog and Stories
Mia Pawau, Baauw has been so long with us that now she is a motherat Kajsiab Projects. By now she is also independent, not living atKajsiab anymore, but still being an active member and the KajsiabCreations Communication Adviser.Almost 4 years ago, Baauw was pregnant and came with her husbandto Daauw Home because she felt something
Nai Vue came in 2015 to Kajsiab Shelter. The first months were hard. Trying tokeep her own pride she was not giving her full heart to the project, trying toprotect her own self and emotions. She was working without the full attentionand passion that is needed to make a real change in life and future.After
This is Mia Au. Mia Au lives at Kajsiab since she married Au. They chose to live here so they can slowly try to build up a self sustainable life without getting stuck in the poverty cycle with drugs and lack of food and income. Now Mia Au is running the Kajsiab shop so she
However eventually the brother also got addicted and instead of her latehusband he sold all land and the house to feed his addiction. After a fatalmoterbike accident she became again a widow.Now she has no house and land left and went from house to house to try to stayfor a few weeks here and there,
Nai arrived in Kajsiab Shelter about 18 months ago. She had a lot to deal with and trauma’s to overcome.
Nai decided that then she wanted to go to sewing school. Thanks to a small group of generous loving volunteers she could start her sewing school……..To learn more business skills she will help to launch the second phase of the
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” M. GandhiZjong & BounchanJoshua Zjong is the first woman who came in kajsiab shelter 5 years ago.She has had a very difficult childhood and looked for a way out. When she married at 14,Her husband was already addicted and after a childbirth with many complications her daughter
“Be the change you wish to see in the world” M. GandhiBaauw and Siiwaa Baauw came two years ago to Daauw Home, and started working as a trainee, receiving a salary and learning all matters of running and building up a homestay and restaurant. Baauw was refused to marry the man she was in love with
“Be the change you wish to see in the world” M. GandhiKuku-Ju and Jaa Kuku-Ju arrived in Kajsiab Shelter just two months ago and already she is a legend.The Hmong people have their own traditional ways and one of them is that if a boy and girlLove each other the boy has to “kidnap” the girl.
Examples of products the women make:
- small embroidery work on the handmade notebooks, T-shirts, passportholders, bags, pillow cases.
- wallhangings for new born babies.
- wallhangings for living rooms (natural colors)
- happy bright colored wall hangings
- unique traditional wallhangings, pillow cases, bags
- pillow cases for in livings rooms (natural colors)
- necklaces, earrings, bags etc.
The women will try in 2016 also to start working with companies and businesses (Christmas presents, presents for personnel), and will be working on unique orders (per ten pieces to distribute between friends and family), focussing on markets around the world or benefit events for Kajsiab.
Project 2016-2017 Women's Health Ambassadors
Kajsiab will upcoming year - with the Kajsiab women who work in the Women’s Workplace and with volunteers from all over the world - go to the mountain villages and do creative workshops.
By doing creative work as drawing, painting, dancing and photography the women and girls will open up and feel safe and following the workshops we will have an open discussion. The group will be seated in a circle for an informal discussion between the women in the mountains, the women who work and live at Kajsiab and volunteers from all over the world. Carefully and informally we will try to speak about sexuality, being in charge of your own body, STD’s, anti-conception, pregnancy, mother and child health, dreams and ideas about future and family.
We plan to build a bridge towards the villages. We will therefore build in upcoming years a Community Terrace right next to the Women’s Workplace, where dance and body work will be done. By working on body and soul after a while we will have a more relaxed atmosphere between the Kajsiab Women and it will be more easy to do the workshops to the villages. To be able to build this Terrace we will need to buy the land next to the Women's Workplace. Kajsiab is still looking for funding .
The whole Kajsiab Team and all Kajsiab women thank you for your ongoing support and encouragement and for taking the time to read through the information about the important work we do.
Thanks to you a dream is becoming true and the dreams for the women of the mountains are slowly developing and becoming a reality.
Friends of Kajsiab, Kajsiab Team thanks all of you from the deepest of our hearts.
Any contribution to the Kajsiab Women’s Workplace is welcome. You can make a donation by clicking the donate button www.projectkajsiablaos.org