In 1995, Peter and Rebecca Thang started an orphanage called Love Children Home. Because they did not have enough money to buy new blankets, Rebecca and the older children would buy mosquito nets that were left over from the military. They would tear these blankets apart, reducing them down to yarn. From there, they hand-wove the yarn into new blankets using them as mattresses and coverings for the children.
In 1997, they discovered a very affordable yarn imported from Taiwanese companies. From this yarn, they started making better, hand-woven blankets.
This was the inspiration of the Loom House.
As she hired women graduated from the orphanage, Rebecca taught them how to weave blankets, scarves, and other products that could be sold at the market. In addition, the older children at the orphanage would learn how to weave, knead and spool the yarn. In 2002, Rebecca sent a worker to Kalaymyo, Myanmar to buy their first loom machine.
From that point, teams from the USA would come and start buying the blankets and other hand-woven products, bringing back to the States in order to sell to friends and family. The selling of these products in the States grew to a point where Uncharted International realized the need to open a Loom House Store.
Today, 22 women (some of whom are widows) are employed and provided sustainable incomes through the blankets woven on 18 different looms and the hand-made items created at the Loom House.
Since 2015, the Loom House Store at Uncharted has sold over $260,000 worth of product, 90% of which went back to the work and ministry of the Loom House and orphanage endeavors in Myanmar.
In March 2018, Reclaimed Lives assumed the responsibility of running day-to-day operations of the Loom House Store (learn more here). While this closes the chapter of Uncharted overseeing this ministry, it starts a new and beautiful chapter that allows the loom house and our other thrive. We remain in close partnership with the Loom House through Reclaimed Lives.