Grassroots HQ Co., LTD
Grassroots HQ Co., Ltd., is an alternative trade organization that markets handicrafts from several cooperatives. Ten Thousand Villages orders items made by White Lotus, a women's cooperative based in San Patong, outside Chiang Mai. White Lotus provides employment alternatives and self-reliance skills to local women. Poverty in this rural area has often resulted in young women being lured away or sold into prostitution. White Lotus helps prevent such exploitation by providing viable, village-based employment. This project provides training in papermaking and a marketing support system for sales. Grassroots HQ is also involved in a wide range of community development and outreach programs such as caring for people with AIDS. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from Grassroots HQ Co., Ltd., since 1995.