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Lao Coco

Date : 2011-03-28 11:55:21

DescriptionLao Coco is a small and independent handicraft, furnishings and art company, dedicated to promoting products from the Lao PDR. Specialising in salvaged wood and natural materials such as coconut and eggshell, they strive to create items of simplicity and elegance to brighten homes, offices and hospitality venues. Mimi Shada, founder of Lao Coco, began training jobless young people in Vientiane in 1993. Some of these artisans are still with the company, and having mastered their tools and materials are now creating handicrafts and furniture from the imagination. The success of his simple training methods was spotted, and in 1998 United Nations Volunteers (UNV) and the Lao Youth Union asked Mimi to create and run a training course for a group of unemployed people. The course proved popular with the participants and two more courses were commissioned between 2000 and 2002. Noting the quality of Lao Coco's funiture, UNESCO then asked the company to provide a training course for carpenters and later invited Mimi to assist and give training at the construction of a model renovation house in the World Heitage Site of Luang Phabang, northern Laos. The company's games were the inspiration behind a Danish Red Cross project to provide education through simple locally-produced games, which were designed and manufactured by Lao Coco.

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