NGO opens new craft shop in HCMC
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Non-profit organization Mekong Quilts last Saturday opened its new store selling hand-made home products at 35-37 Ngo Duc Ke in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1.
Two women pictured sewing a quilt at the grand opening of Mekong Quilts shop in Ngo Duc Ke street, District 1, HCMC Photo: TuoiTreNews
The shop offers beautiful and high quality products like bed covers, accessories, and gift wares hand-crafted by village women from rural areas in Vietnam and Cambodia.
Founded in 2001 as an income generation project under the umbrella of parent NGO Mekong Plus, Mekong Quilts offers sustainable employment to women from poor rural regions.
With branches in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, in 2011 the organization provided full time employment to 340 women, who received training, a fair wage, health insurance and work in a safe and comfortable environment.
Many of the women who work for the project have doubled their income, which ensures their children can remain in school.
Profits from product sales enable women to remain in their communities to care for their families. Additional proceeds are distributed through their NGO, Mekong Plus, to raise the quality of life in these remote areas.