March has been a very busy month for WEAVE and its Mae Sot Shop.
We’ve welcomed two groups from Canada, one from a private university in Edmonton and one large youth group from Emmanuel Church in Kelowna, British Columbia (Canada). The students have been visiting Thailand and Mae Sot for 2 weeks doing peer projects with students in migrant schools and camps, while the university students have earned school credits for their volunteer work here.
As well, we welcomed special guests from Australia- Senator the Hon Kate Lundy, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister. She had been visiting Umpiem Mai and Mae La camps with Simon De Vere of the Australian Embassy, and saw WEAVE products. Their contacts recommended our Fair Trade Shop to see more beautiful products. They especially loved our hand-woven scarves.
Along with these guests, we have welcomed customers from all over the world. They include people visiting Mae Sot while traveling or volunteering with local NGOs, including a Japanese handicraft NGO, and guests from Spain, the UK, France, Norway, Australia, Canada, the US, China, Korea, Thailand.