Along the way to the Tad Lo Waterfall I met this friendly woman. She was fishing with her traditional dip net in the Sexet river. Lao women have played a central role in the national country's and household economies over the past two decades. Women's participation exceeds men's in the economically active population. Due to dual responsibility for farm and household they are usually overburdened with work. At home some of these duties include water collection, which may take two to three hours a day; husking rice for family consumption, which may require two hours of work; milling rice; and caring for the sick and the elderly. Girls assist their mothers with these chores and they are often made responsible for care of younger kids. In spite of their major economic contribution, women are generally not considered as workers. However, women, particularly older ones, do control household budgets and share in financial decision making. However, for some intangible reason, the Lao people are still wonderfully friendly, hospitable and passionate. They do not have much, but show it off with pride and wear warming smiles.
Tad Lo waterfall is located on the Bolaven Plateau - Laos and is a great spot to find the locals fishing. Also children from the 'ethnic villages' spend most of their days not at school, but fishing and collecting snails from the river which runs through Tad Lo. There are some nice waterfalls and pools. It's a great area for trekking, and there are many ethnic villages nearby.
Opvallend is de sterke positie die de vrouwen binnen de familie innemen en ze doen zelfs het meeste werk op de rijstvelden of hier vissen vangen in de rivier. De natte rijstbouw is het voornaamste middel van bestaan. De vrouwen en mannen in Laos blijven ondanks hun moeilijke bestaan altijd vriendelijk en gastvrij. Ze hebben niet veel maar stralen altijd met trots hun warme glimlach uit.