Secondhand Clothing

When we purchase something with our own money, we are more likely to feel the value in it. This is the premise behind the Secondhand Clothing Project which takes donated goods and resells them to hilltribe villagers at about one-tenth the cost of new items. While a shirt for 10 baht ($.25) may seem virtually free, the fact that it is not free causes the purchaser to feel a sense of investment and ownership in it, and we are more inclined to take care of those things.

The income from the programme is not large, but it is sufficient to offset the cost of transportation to the villages on "market days." Whatever income is left over is used to fund other small projects at the Mirror Foundation.

During the winter months, the temperature in the hills can drop below freezing, conditions for which bamboo huts provide inadequate protection. Each winter, the Mirror Foundation makes a special call for donated socks and blankets. This year, we were able to hand out over 7,500 blankets to villagers in the area.

Local employment

    • Handicraft artisans

      The eBannok Handicrafts project has been running for over a decade, employing local Akha women to make whistles in the design of local birds. The chance of employment gives the women an independent...

    • Outdoor programme

      Our Outdoor Volunteer Programme employs members of the Akha, Lahu, and Karen tribes, all of whom have an intimate knowledge of the local environment and cultures. The construction and renovation...

    • Trekking guides

      Our Ecotours project runs trekking and homestay programmes, visiting local hilltribe communities. The guides we employ are all local hilltribe members, who live in the villages we work with. This...

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