Akha Crafts Center
Akha Craft was begun in about 1994 but went on hiatus for about 5 years between 1996 and 2001. In 2001, Ruth Fox and family moved to Chiang Rai and, discovering the seeds of this program still intact, she helped to revive it until today it has five full-time employees and provides income to 100 – 200 women in many Akha villages across the north.
The goals of the program are five-fold: 1) to encourage Akha women to value their traditional handicraft skills; 2) to promote creativity 3) to enhance leadership skills; 4) to give the women pride in who they are as Akha women; and 5) to show God’s love. The craft program gives many women a choice.