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Women strengthen development in Sangthong district

Women and their families in villages in Sangthong district of the capital are increasingly pleased to contribute more to their households and community development thanks the Capacity Building for Gender Development under Capacity Development for Citizen Lead Inclusive Development (CD-CID).

The project conducted in two villages Ban Xor and Ban Na Por in Sangthong district which are about 20 and 30 kilometres from the centre of the district respectively.

Last week, related staff and media visited the villages to inspect the implementation of the project.

The EC and Oxfam fund the three-year project from 2015-2017.

In the first two years, it provided continuous training for the villagers who participated in the project.

The participants learned various skills to create capacities including project proposal writing, project management and gender issues. After the training, the villagers selected activities that they wished to pursue and wrote the project proposals.

The project provided almost 130 million kip for the two villages via a community fund to help support such ventures.

Their village authority managed the fund and provided loans for the members of occupational groups such as weaving, handicraft, bamboo products (Mai Pong), agriculture and livestock.

Mrs Phan at Ban Xor, Sangthong district, Vientiane, who participated in the project said it was a winner.

“I think this project is right. We also learned about gender, so we divide work in our family, and my husband also helps me, and I have time for additional jobs.

“So now have a better quality of life, and I feel happy. In the past, we just farmed and hoped for the best.”

“The project provided me with some loan with no interest, and I used it to fund mushroom production which I'm interested in doing, and I think I will increase this more in future.”

“With this project, I can do more than before. My mushrooms can be food for the family, shared with relatives, and some also sold on, so I plan to increase the size of my crop.”

President of Vientiane Capital Commission for the Advancement of Women, Mothers and Children, Mrs Souphone Voravong, said the objective of the project was to encourage women to participate more in development.

She said it sought to empower women by creating the capacity of community starting with education and focusing on gender.

“This project is different because we based on the community need and community lead. We create the capacity for the community, and even though the project complete, the capacity is still always with them.”





By Times Reporters
(Latest Update July 18, 2017)

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