'Dao' was inspired by the story of a young girl named Duan (Thai for 'moon') and her younger sister Dao (Thai for 'star').
Duan and Dao were living under tin roofs in a marginalized community in Chiang Mai that lacked access to clean water and public services. At only 14 years old, Duan was using a false age so that she could work. She was then married at 15 years old, pregnant at 16 years old, and eventually became a single mother.
The little sister Dao watched on as Duan lost all of her future hopes and dreams.
Dao also had very little hope for a brighter future...
Every woman and girl, no matter where they are from, deserves to live out their dreams. Through Dao Social Enterprise, we aim to bring a sparkle back into the eyes of women most in need: breaking the cycle of poverty, building ambition and hope for a brighter future.
Dao Social Enterprise is powered by www.baandekfoundation.org, where 100% of fundraising goes back into their programs supporting children in need.
With our Social Enterprise, we provide work readiness skills and extra income for women in need so that they can build a better future for themselves.
MEET DAO'S FOUNDER
Magali du Parc Crosta, Founder of Dao Social Enterprise, is a French native who for the past 25 years has been a social worker and anthropologist in developing countries in South-East Asia. She now acts as Executive Director for Baan Dek Foundation, in which she co-founded 16 years ago in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Her commitment towards providing holistic support to vulnerable communities within Thailand based on social work principles is what drove Dao Social Enterprise to become a truly meaningful cause built on transparency and a clear understanding of vulnerable community needs within Thailand.
THE DAO DREAM TEAM
The women working for Dao are professionals with backgrounds in business, design, and social work.
They are inspiring, and they shine in their work for Dao.
DAO'S STYLE: THE BOLT & THE ROSE
Rock, Chic and Ethnic
The bolt symbolizes the construction sector, as Baan Dek Foundation supports children living in construction site camps in Thailand.
The rose symbolizes women, as Dao is a Social Enterprise Program created for women by women, in the spirit of equality.
The pompom, Indigo Fabric, the Akha bead symbolize Northern Thailand, where they are handcrafted by talented ethnic women.