Mekong Plus

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<!-- Image with unknown copyright status removed: --><!-- please consider adding a caption to indicate the relationship between this image and ActionAid-->Mekong Plus is a non-profit, community development organization, providing sustainable employment for women in Southern Vietnam and Cambodia. Together with the sister enterprise Mekong Creations and Mekong Quilts, they sell products handmade by women in rural areas of Cambodia and Vietnam. At the moment the project is employing about 500 women, providing them with work close to their homes and families. All profits go to social development in the provinces of Vietnam and Cambodia and are being distributed by Mekong Plus. The profit is returned to the villages both directly in the form of salaries, and indirectly in funding for community development projects. Examples of development projects are providing lavatories in remote areas to better hygiene, or the pig, - and chicken-raising programs educating poor farmers on how to increase their profit. The goal is community development.

History

Mekong Plus (previously called Vietnam Plus) was founded in 1994 in Vietnam by a group of Vietnamese and Belgian people. One of the members is a quilter and came up with the idea of teaching Vietnamese women how to quilt. This way work, and eventually salaries were possible to provide. Today one can find the result from this idea in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh-City, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap where the quilts are being sold.

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