Chiang Mai, Thailand
Alight with joy and hope.If you were to visit a certain village near Chiang Mai, Thailand, you'd see a thriving town filled with devoted families, a busy marketplace, and a newly improved school. Yet two decades ago this was an area so desperately poor that families often were forced to send their kids to work in Bangkok's treacherous factories. But all that has changed. Today, more than 400 neighbors produce intricate hand-made metal and bead ornaments. The jobs are satisfying, clean, and pay a living wage. They are proud to preserve traditions and thrilled that people like you enjoy their art!