Landmine Design is empowering women in The Minefield Village situated between Cambodia and Thailand by providing training and employment. While sex-trafficking is prevalent in this area, Landmine Design is a safe haven for women to gain a sense of community while receiving a fair salary through jewelry creation.
Landmine Design’s founder, Karla was led to Cambodia and Thailand through her work with LightBridge International. During her time abroad she observed the need for jobs and saw a potential opportunity to connect the modern world to the developing world. Karla wanted to provide these vulnerable women with a valuable skill. In 2012 Karla began teaching six women from The Minefield Village how to roll paper beads. Since then the jewelry program has expanded and employed fifteen women.
Landmine Design's program allows for women to gain an education and a fair wage through their Step Program which includes different phases. In the beginning of the program the women learn about financial management, clean water safety, hygiene, and work on projects together. The ladies who consistently come back to the program are given small assignments, eventually their work is evaluated, and they are offered a full time position.
Landmine Design's community has grown naturally as women are excited to tell their friends about the program and join a supportive group. The women are driven by self-awareness, belonging, and the opportunity to learn rather than solely money. Landmine Design embraces the growth by empowering the women through leadership roles. For example, Leakhena is the in-country manager allowing her the opportunity to educate other women.
While paper beads can be a common form of jewelry, Landmine Design has a unique take on this trend. Their beautiful jewelry focuses on making a bold statement through minimalism by incorporating materials such as recycled saris and Swarovski crystals within the paper bead pieces. Landmine Design has a unique men’s accessory line. One of these products is a Fellow bracelet which assigns a number 1-52 to each purchaser. Upon reaching 52 sales of the bracelet this pays for a woman’s salary for a year. I love how people are able to see their direct impact through these numbers and recognize the power of a group.
I absolutely love my Landmine Designs accessories. These products add a subtle touch of sparkle to my outfits. One of my favorite features about these pieces is The Yellow Bead. Most pieces have a yellow bead which has historical significance to Cambodia, representing hardship and beauty. This serves as a beautiful reminder of what has been and what is happening now. I encourage you to check out Landmine Design's fine jewelry and support their mission of connecting the modern world with the developing world through empowerment.