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I love learning about organizations and companies that are finding different and unique ways of giving back. I love companies that know their niche and really hyper-focus on a way to help… they know their strengths, they know their passions, they know where they can help most. They don’t try to do it all…
Choki is one of those organizations!
“Choki is a non profit organization founded with the mission of protecting the culture and traditions of some of the most sacred places left in the world that are under the threat of “globalization.” Through Choki’s support causes, beneficiaries will receive opportunities for human sustainability, security, and empowerment. The economic opportunities are provided only to the world’s poorest communities, who otherwise may continue to suffer the cycle of poverty. Choki wants to accomplish a world of “I believe,” with the purpose to share the beauty of traditional arts and culture with the world. We believe that art has the capacity to create and reinvent life in unimaginable ways.”
Choki has three main causes they focus on:
-The Choki Traditional Art School
-Choki Women’s Cooperative
The Choki Traditional Art school is “the only private institution that offers training of traditional arts and crafts in Bhutan. In addition, the school serves as an orphanage providing free tuition, food and lodging to the most disadvantaged youth of the region. The limited resources make it difficult for students to continue their training. In consequence, some of them cannot pursue their education and strive to pursue their dreams.”
Here is a beautiful video that shows a little more into the story and life of the art school:
Another cause that I love is the Choki Women’s Cooperative.
Choki established a women’s cooperative located in Bhutan in 2014. Through fairly traded sales of products, the weavers will have sustainable incomes to obtain quality food, sanitation, and education.
The weaving community from Bhutan preserves one of the most advanced and sophisticated weaving cultures in the history of civilization. Bhutanese textiles are the highest form of traditional art and spiritual expression from a culture of ever smiling people and scenic monasteries. By utilizing Bhutanese back strap looms, the culture of textiles has been integral to Bhutan’s heritage for centuries. Its quality of intricate brocades and complex patterns are among the best in the world.
The textiles are 100% handmade using unique dying and weaving techniques. CHOKI supports the knowledge and skills that have been passed down through generations with 100% of sales proceeds supporting the CHOKI Women’s Cooperative.
This gorgeous handmade Bhutanese scarf that I’m wearing is absolutely gorgeous. I love how the detailing is so unique and I also love that it’s so lightweight that it works ALL year round… not just during the colder months.
Choki is doing so many AMAZING things in Bhutan to provide jobs, opportunity, education, homes, and dignity to the community there while also focusing on preserving the unique culture.
Definitely be sure to check out their Etsy shop and their beautiful handmade Bhutanese scarves! They are beautiful and make great gifts, too!!
What about you? Have you heard of Choki?
*not sponsored, I just love what Choki is doing and love the impact they are making on our world.