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If you live on a minefield, how do you survive?

That’s the question LandMine Design is answering for the Cambodian women living in a village on the Cambodian border where the largest concentration of land mines in the world is located. Living in grass huts with no electricity or running water, LandMine Design is providing the women in this village with a job making jewelry out of recycled paper. Prior to the existence of this program, women were forced to leave their children for months at a time to find jobs as porters, day laborers or be at risk of human trafficking in neighboring Thailand. Our goal is to empower them to earn an income from their own homes where they can care for their families, and to give them an education which allows them to rise above their current economic situation.

The jewelry produced is fashion forward. Our customers can feel good about not only buying a product that they love, but one that is also making a profound difference in the lives of women living in abject poverty. The more jewelry that is sold, the more women can be employed by LandMine Design moving them toward sustainability and a future. Our customers can feel good about buying a product that they love, and that is making a profound difference. The more jewelry we sell, the more women we are able to add to the program in Cambodia.

Women have a safe, stable job. Their children are eating well – some for the first time in their lives. High quality, unique jewelry is being created for you.

This is the definition of shopping for good.


Fall Collection

 

KAY
(Gold chain)
Wholesale: $22
SRP: $44

Available in slate+forest
slate+coral
 

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KAY
(Silver chain)
Wholesale: $22
SRP: $44
Available in slate+navy
navy+camel

 

ADDY
(Gold chain)
Wholesale: $14
SRP: $28

Available in black, forest, camel, coral
 

 

ADDY
(Silver chain)
Wholesale: $14
SRP: $28

Available in black, forest, navy, slate, burgundy

 

BRYANT
Wholesale: $21
SRP: $42

Available in camel, coral, forest, black

 

LAWSON
Wholesale: $16
SRP: $32

Available in black, forest, navy, slate

 

LEIGH
Wholesale: $16
SRP: $32

Available in camel+black
slate+coral

 

LOUISE
Wholesale: $16
SRP: $32

Available in black, forest, coral, slate

 

ALEXA
Wholesale: $16
SRP: $32

Available in black, forest, coral, navy, burgundy

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MACY
Wholesale: $12
SRP: $24

Available in green+navy+slate

or solid black, and solid navy

 

FRANCES
Wholesale: $14
SRP: $28

Gold chain available in:
slate, coral

Silver chain available in:
navy, forest

 

MICHAELA
Wholesale: $12
SRP: $24

Gold chain available in:
forest, coral, black, camel

Silver chain available in:
black, forest, navy, slate

 

ELLEN
Wholesale: $11
SRP: $22

Gold chain available in:
black, forest, coral, camel, slate

Silver chain available in:
black, forest, slate, burgundy, navy

 


Company Background

The women currently in the program

The women currently in the program

LandMine Design was founded in 2012. The company was born out of a desire to see the women in the MineField Village be able to provide for their families well, and without having to do hard manual labor far from home. We saw this dire need, and knew that we needed to find a solution. Children were going hungry, and parents had to leave them alone for months to make enough money to provide for them – if only minimally. We settled on paper beads as the vehicle for education and sustainability in the village, and the training began.  Paper beads, though simple to make, are not easy to make well. It took nearly a year of practice for the beads to be of a high enough quality to sell. Throughout that year, the women were being paid a salary, and their education in literacy, business, and discipleship had begun. The goal for the women in the LandMine Design program is that they would eventually start their own business in the village, and be sustainable enough on their own that they can graduate the program and be successful in their own venture. We want them to succeed enough to not need us anymore. In this way, we hope to cycle hundreds of women through the program, which will strengthen families, and cause economic growth in the village. Our original women have been in the program earning a salary for two years, and we’ve recently been able to add one more to the program. Three collections of jewelry have been designed, produced, and sold. One of the women in the program has already started her own business – a noodle shop in her home. This same woman was unable to feed her own children two years ago. Though it is not yet profitable enough to provide a living for her and her family, it is that kind of hope we want to see.

Each collection is designed in the United States, and then taught to the women in Cambodia who make each piece by hand. We also give space for the women to be creative and design their own pieces.

Our headquarters are located in Denver, Colorado.


Our Founders Are

Karla Tillapaugh

Sarah Addy

Amreitha Jeeva


Meet Our Designer, Kristie

Originally from the northwest corner of Montana before relocating to the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Kristie has always found herself immersed in great beauty. Kristie is a proud University of Colorado Alum where she received her bachelors in business administration.

Kristie has always possessed a deep appreciation for great design and the aesthetically pleasing. Throughout college, Kristie paid her way by collecting and selling vintage clothing, ultimately leading to what was her first official business. In efforts of kicking all curiosities, Kristie then ventured to New York City where she worked for Oscar de la Renta. It is here, she witnessed first hand the life of a brilliant creator and found the inspiration and motivation necessary to take her personal pursuits and give them both wings and purpose.

Returning to the mountainous landscape that will always be home, Kristie and her older sister, Alexa, Co-founded the AMMO woman. The AMMO woman was the culmination and result of Alexa and Kristie’s determined hearts fixated on empowering women and providing a means of tangibly showcasing a story of strength. The AMMO woman employed women facing obstacles to employment and those suffering from mental and developmental disabilities. It is through this journey Kristie learned first hand that business and style can exist for great purpose, the foundation for her motivation to come.

In the fall of 2013 Kristie and her sister were asked to join Landmine Design and designed LINES, the spring 2014 collection. The duo traveled to Cambodia to meet the women and train them on the designs, marking the beginning of what was to be a wonderful partnership of great love and commitment to the mission at hand.

Kristie is the face behind the fall collection, and has grown into the very heart of the brand and women employed. We’re eager to share her work today and all that is to come.