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Improve women’s rights through improvement of economic power, in Sapa district, Lao Cai province

Improve women’s rights through improvement of economic power, in Sapa district, Lao Cai province

Time frame: 2017 - 2018

Sponsor: UPS

The project aims to supports local women in economic empowerment through different models of handicraft production, essential oil and natural soap production and Vegetable & Fruits drying.

Lao Cai is a northern mountainous province with border to China. Sapa is in the western part of Lao Cai, is a tourism district with population of more than 53000 people with 7 ethnic groups of Hmong, Dao, Kinh, Tay, Day, XaPhó. In which, ethnic minorities are of 83% population. Sapa is one of the district with high poor household rate of 23%.

Women with difficult financial situations do not have available money for their family daily lives and for their children to attend schools. The difficult conditions in mountainous provinces and low level of awareness are barriers for family financial development.

The tribal women themselves lack confidence with less communication experience or  difficult financial situations, so they do not want to participate in outside activities and keep time to make endmeet. Women have less chance to approach policies to share their ideas and proposals, utilizing resources from encouragement policies from the government for economic development for better conditions to raise their children.

Based on current situation in Sapa District, Lao Cai Province and current policies of the government, with aim to empower women, the project, “Improve women’s rights through improvement of economic power in Sapa District, Lao Cai Province” is implemented in 2017 & 2018 in collaboration with local Women Union