In cooperation with MCNV, and with Ben Tre Women’s Union as a local partner, the GSRD Foundation will help women in Ben Tre Province start their own businesses. The goal of the project is to pilot a dynamic and sustainable way to fight poverty by creating collective businesses for women in order to foster their economic empowerment and social inclusion.
The project will help women in two districts of Ben Tre province whose lives are severely impacted by poverty, social and market exclusion, and by the effects of climate change such as intensified droughts and salinity intrusion. By helping set up 8 cooperatives, led by women, the project will help to create stable jobs and income for 160 local women. Because the project will use what is known as revolving investment, by the end of its second year it will have indirectly benefitted another 160 women (and about 500 family members).
MCNV will also focus on disseminating the best practices and lessons learned from the project to like-minded local partners, so the model can be replicated elsewhere in Vietnam.
Founded in 1968, MCNV is an international organisation working on issues related to health, nutrition, sustainable production and education for children, including those living with disabilities. It has offices in Vietnam, Laos, and the Netherlands. It strives to improve, in a sustainable way, the situation of disadvantaged groups in society. Read more about MCNV.