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In Vietnam, begging is prohibited. Everybody is free to work, to pick up herbs in nature and then sale it at the market. In the working area, women and men hold equally every position: as well couturier as valance with spades and pickaxe. The Vietnamese population is pretty courageous, they are hard workers, meticulous and conscientious. The craftsmen work together as a family and do not know a lot paid leave. It happens sometimes that in craftsmen families, to provide for family’s needs, everybody have to work, even very young.
At the end of the 70's, I, Little Moon, was 13 years old. A peasant girl, I left Vietnam alone for France. I studied and learnt French. After 20 years of a professional career in France, I decided to return to visit my home land, with my husband. Together we discovered the Vietnam countryside, from which I only had known my small village. During our traveling in Vietnam, our desire was essential a way to develop a fair trade system: to present the know how of the ancestral Vietnamese craftsmen in France. To combine tradition and durable development, fair trade and economic growth for the Crafts people. So we create bibol. bibol conceives and underlines the ecological & artisanal products in bamboo.
Little Moon started to work in the fields when she was 8 years old. She had experienced herself, of small children working like adults, misery, The lack of prospects and of an real future, motivated Little Moon. She and her husband have been establishing a fairer way to produce bowls made from bamboo. The craftsmen, in exchange of decent wages, work and engage with:
- to prevent children from working,
- to register their children for school,
- to replant the natural resources that they uses,
- to limit their CO2 emissions,
and especially they do not breathe solvents all day