Socially Responsible Travel in Hanoi
(Travel and Give Back to the Community)
House #27, Alley 5A Tran Phu St., Hoan Kiem Dist.
Tran Hong Nhung, the founder of Zo Project, has a great passion for paper. Founded in 2013, Zo project works in collaboration with Suoi Co, Suoi Re villages in Bac Ninh Province that produces traditional Vietnamese “do” paper. The Zo team then uses the paper in the creative creation of many products such as notebooks, postcards, lamps, and other niche crafts that they sell from their workshop in Hoan Kiem. They are helping to preserve the tradition of the Zo people, by helping the paper-making artisans to have stable incomes, and creating more job opportunities for the ethnic minority villages in the northern province of Vietnam. See how Zo paper is made here.
Zo paper is famous for its high quality. I recommend this workshop if you are a paper lover, it is a must-see destination for you in Hanoi. Zo Project also has two workshops, Calligraphy and Watercolor. They also provide a tour to Hoa Binh to see how the artisans make Zo paper. You can even try it yourself!
My biggest takeaway from Zo Project is its people. Two months ago, I spent time in the Zo Project Shop. I talked with Chi, a member of the Zo Team. She confidently told me that everyone is welcome at the Zo Project. There is no need for people to buy anything, she and her team want people to simply come and see the beautiful Zo paper. Chi is very happy to spread the word about Zo Paper.
“Small actions, big changes. The choices you make can impact local people’s lives.”
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