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Using a traditional crafting technique, strips of recycled paper are wrapped round and round. This innovative use of an unconventional material creates a distinctly modern look for this apple-shaped box. From the artisans of Mai Vietnamese Handicrafts, based in Ho Chi Minh City.
HANDCRAFTED IN VIETNAM
Mai Vietnamese Handicrafts is a nonprofit organization that provides income generation and marketing services to Vietnamese artisans. Mai Handicrafts runs several craft production projects and markets the work of numerous other craft producers. During recent years, Mai Handicrafts has established itself as the primary marketing agent for artisans from neglected families and women. It practices a model of social development in which social service cannot be separated from economic self-reliance. Mai Handicrafts sales fund various community development activities, including clean water projects, vocational training equipment purchase and teacher wage subsidies. Mai Handicrafts artisans receive social and health insurance, and can apply for scholarship funds. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from Mai Handicrafts since 1994.