Empowering the rural poor in Thailand

loading Silk produced in this silk farming village is sold throughout Thailand.

Mechai Viravaidya is the man behind the successful albeit unorthodox population growth and HIV/AIDS prevention programme in Thailand. It is unsurprising that his community development projects are just as inventive.

“You should try it out tonight,” a female voice teases a group of friends as they walk out smiling from Cabbages & Condoms – they each have a condom in their hand and look pleased with the experience they just had. Behind them, three mannequins dressed in thousands of colourful condoms greet customers at the entrance. At the other end of the corridor, a banner with various sexual positions, some very enlightening, stops people in their tracks.

Cabbages & Condoms is one of the most unique restaurants in Bangkok and hands out condoms in place of dinner mints. This originality is expected of Mechai Viravaidya, the man behind one of the world’s most successful HIV/AIDS prevention programmes.


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