Paa Vanhthong is on a mission! A nod to someone, a word to another one, she keeps going! The cotton is not going to wash itself… Ankles deep in the river, she picks a flat rounded rock to try to get rid of the indigo stains on her hands. She can keep on trying, her hands will always have this little tint of indigo, so specific to this community. […]
Arounothay Khoungkhakoune (Aroun) is the founder of social enterprise, BambooLao, which makes reusable and environmentally friendly bamboo straws. BambooLao supports communities in rural areas by teaching them how to make reusable bamboo products to replace single used plastic, as well as generating a sustainable income for the villagers. In 2018, Bamboo Lao won the 2018 Mekong Innovative Startups in Tourism (MIST) challenge for its bamboo straws, an award that totally transformed the company.