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Naps and firecrackers among realities of late nights on board lake for amputee fisherman

To those born or growing up close to a river, the lifestyle of a fisherman is a familiar one.
Some people just do for subsistence while others can create a business enterprise as well.


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- Woman supports family with Island handicraft shop
As many people from the countryside move to Vientiane seeking more opportunity in their work and hoping to improve their living standards, Ms On Phimphisone's family are attempting to live in a different way. . More >>>
- Passion for quality, authenticity propels souvenir business
An office worker taps into her passion for handmade mementos to create appealing souvenirs that also provide employment opportunities to those who may otherwise be marginalised through disability. . More >>>
- Artisan turning waste paper into gold
Hardscrabble childhood inspires up-cycled paper creations
Waste paper may appear a fairly useless commodity to some, but one industrious artisan and business woman is busy using it to earn several million kip each month. . More >>>
- Waste not want not as carver up-cycles offcuts to preserve forests, boost income
The Joy Wooden Handicraft Factory is one of many factories in Vientiane to see the importance of using wood that might otherwise go to waste to preserve forest resources, support business expansion and employee livelihoods. . More >>>
- Local livelihoods benefit from common river fish
Many people around the world enjoy eating fish and usuallyhave their favourites just like the people living by the reservoir of the Nam Ngum hydropower plant, who have their own way of catching and cooking a particularly delicious variety. . More >>>
- After hours work pays off as pork snack maker egged on to further success
Using free time valuably is a praiseworthy activity and can serve as inspiration for anyone seeking to earn extra money for their household in addition to that earned from one's regular day job. . More >>>
- Bakers transform Western fare to Lao taste
For many years, we heard that bread was Western food and not very popular among Lao people. But today one entrepreneur who is now making bread is delighted with the steady income he earns. . More >>>
- Bright shades standing out as festive season draws near
A kaleidoscope of colours can be seen once again as clothing offerings pop up alongside the nation's thorough fares tempting happy customers in advance of the arrival of Lao New Year. . More >>>
- Hair colour ready to go from gold to silver grey and beyond in run up to Lao New Year
Without generalising, human hair generally appears in very appealing and completely natural shades of very dark brown to black in this part of the world. . More >>>
- Tasty pork snack brings home the bacon for Vientiane housewife
Ms Hiengkoun keeps smiling as her regular customers arrive to buy the popular savoury pork snack yormou at her house, giving her a monthly profit of about 6 million kip. . More >>>
- Basket makers weaving way to success
Lao people have traditionally made household items from bamboo since ancient times, handing down their skills from generation to generation. . More >>>
- Fisherman lives off river's bounty, but for how much longer
When children are born and live in a rural area they're likely to leave school early because there is a limited choice of schools and their parents don't have enough money to pay for their education. So when they grow up, so their first choice of work is to become a rice farmer while those who live by the river can supplement their income through fishing. . More >>>
- Festival highlights the life of the country's mahouts
Dealing with elephants can be a pleasure but as a mahout will tell you sometimes they must also be very diligent, patient, and careful in handling their giant companions. . More >>>
- Decorative and secure, iron opens gateway to success for local entrepreneur
Be it balustrades, railings, fencing, gates or burglary-prevention bars, home owners in the capital and beyond are looking increasingly to the imposing strength and sol idity of iron. . More >>>
- Weddings sweeter as Lao artist's vision comes to fruition
Carving is a creative art that takes painstaking precision, whether the chosen medium be wood, stone or otherwise.
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- Home-made crab sauce adds bite to Lao meals
My mouth began to water as soon as I smelled the crab sauce when its maker slowly opened a jar for potential customers to sample. . More >>>
- Home-made crab sauce adds bite to Lao meals
My mouth began to water as soon as I smelled the crab sauce when its maker slowly opened a jar for potential customers to sample. . More >>>

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