FACTS / Considered the poorest country in Asia after Bangladesh, subsistence agriculture accounts for approximately half of the GDP and provides 80% of employment. Bringing another meaning to farm to table, families literally eat what they harvest, leaving little opportunity to sell and generate disposable income. Handcrafts, however, from textiles to repurposed metal, baskets to paper, function as useful quotidian objects, while representing Lao cultural and artistic traditions. These handcrafts diversify income sources and present an opportunity for women to become contributors to the economic well being of their families. Project Peace Bombs combines human ingenuity and aluminum war scrap metal to create bracelets that tell a story about their makers and the legacies of our shared history.
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