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How One Couple Transforms Unexploded Bombs in Laos into Something Beautiful | Artisan Highlight

Meet Xieng - Ban Naphia Village, Laos

artisan making handicrafts from bombs in Laos

This is Xieng, one of the artisans who make products for A MILLION ELEPHANTS. He creates unique items from recycled war material, a craft he learned over fifteen years ago from other villagers in northern Laos.

weapons dropped in Laos during war  bombie dropped in laos

Xieng lives in a small remote village as a full-time farmer. With help from his wife, Boung Mi, he can supplement his farming income off-season by making handicrafts for re-sellers in the city.

 artisan in Laos making handicrafts from war sharpnel

As his workshop is out in their backyard and vulnerable to extremely wet conditions during monsoon season, they can only make products during dry season.

 artisan working in Laos

Our lucky elephant figurines, bangles and infinity necklace are some of our best-selling items that generate income for Xieng and his family.


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