Turning a Cycle of Despair into a Circle of Hope
The Globus family of brands is proud to partner with LandMine Design, a non-profit that provides jobs to women in a village on the border of Cambodia. This village is nestled along a 450 mile border where the largest concentration of land mines in the world is located. Nearly 40 years ago, these grounds were filled with land mines planted by the Khmer Rouge. Only recently has the land begun to be swept and cleared of its deadly explosives. Today, more than 500 families continue to call this village home and live as the poorest of the poor. There is no electricity, no clean water and very little to eat. The families here seek ways to merely survive.
Many in the village have made the difficult choice to leave their families for months at a time to find work as migrant farm hands in nearby Thailand where earnings are scarce. LandMine Design was created to give women in the mine field a chance to make a living from their own homes where they can care for their families while also earning the funds desperately needed to feed their hungry babies. They began in 2012, teaching six women the craftsmanship of creating jewelry out of rolled paper beads. With the opportunity to earn a living in their homes and amongst their families, women once exploited have become artists, leaders and business women.
Globus placed an order of over 14,000 bracelets and through this order has helped employ an additional 12 women in the village. “We wanted to invest in a cause that aligned with our brand’s values and supported a beautiful part of the world that we introduce our guests to”, says Vanessa Parrish, Channel Marketing Manager of the Globus family of brands. “When we pass these out at shows or meetings as a reminder of our brands, clients can know they went to serve a higher purpose and a cause that is truly changing lives.”
Much like our vacations, these bracelets are a combination of culture, craft and passion. From the families of the mine field and the Globus family of brands, we hope you wear these bracelets as a testament to purpose, promise and a world of possibilities.