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A Sewing Venture in Ban Xai, Lao PDR

Last year I was fortunate to be able to represent MiVAC on a remote village site in Lao People’s Democratic Republic.  MiVAC’s mission in the region is to reduce poverty by establishing better water supply, toilets and hygiene practices. MiVAC also is promoting economic development by introducing villagers to new business ventures. Rotary clubs from District 9685 are supporting MiVAC in many of these ventures.  In addition, a number of clubs in West Australia have committed support in future projects.

While I was on site last year we invited ladies in the nearby villages to express their interest in being trained in sewing skills.  Six enthusiastic ladies were sponsored to undertake a sewing course in the nearby town of Phonsavan.  One of the ladies showed her enthusiasm by topping the course!

Now, a year later, I am back in Lao and MiVAC has decided to assist five of the ladies to establish a business in making children’s school uniforms.

The venture was launched only last week in a room built and decorated for the purpose. MiVAC fitted out the work place with sewing machines, overlocker, iron, tables and all the required materials for the uniforms.  MiVAC is also sponsoring the venture for three months, to enable it to become self –supporting.

The photos show the newly renovated premises and a few of the ladies who are contributing in the venture.

Hugh Hamlyn-Harris

Operations Manager Lao PDR

and PP Rotary Club of Lindfield

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