Community sustainable livelihoods

Community sustainable livelihoods

In 2019 we are initiating a program for community sustainable and alternative livelihoods development.

Our aims are :

  • to offer innovative and sustainable approaches to livelihoods development to build resilient local communities including techniques from the permaculture approach in agroecology, waste management, sustainable energy, sustainable building, water management etc. and propose alternative incomes with handicraft creation and trading
  • to reduce unsustainable use and reliance on natural resources (including several globally threatened and endemic species) by local communities in Nakai-Nam Theun National Protected Area, Laos and therefore contributing to biodiversity conservation in the area.

Nakai Women Handicraft Project

We train women in selected villages to produce jewelries from start to finish using as much as possible local materials (fabric, seeds etc.). The finished products are be purchased by Association Anoulak directly from the women participating in the project to bring them an alternative income and then sold to Association Anoulak’s partners for retail (e.g. zoo community). Currently, Anoulak jewelries are sold in several zoos in France and will soon be retailed in other countries. This project also provides the opportunity for fund raising and communication/awareness raising about our work.

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