Director-General of UNESCO - Photo: TYM
A Vietnamese bronze casting craftsman, Duong Thi Tuyet, was presented an award by Planet Finance Group for successful craftsmanship thanks to microfinance on the evening of December 5 th at the famous Louvre Museum, France.
The award is significant encouragement and recognition from the world for the rise of a poor craftsman desiring to preserve the traditional trade and to create jobs for many young people in Y Yen district, Nam Dinh province.
Craftsman Duong Thi Tuyet started her achievement with a loan of 21 euro in 1998. From the idea of buying scrap copper to cast into products for worship and art statues, Duong Thi Tuyet has built a bronze casting workshop with a current turnover of more than 23,000 euros.
Not only in terms of revenue, her success also contributes to preserving a valuable traditional trade in Vietnam and helps create jobs for many young people in Y Yen district, Nam Dinh province. Besides, Tuyet has also actively participated in social and charitable activities in her hometown.
At the award ceremony, Tuyet said that she wanted to expand her workshop and successfully export her copper products to Asia and Europe.
Tuyet is one of tens of thousands of Vietnamese disadvantaged women, she has successfully escaped poverty thanks to the microfinance of foreign groups through Tinh Thuong One Member Limited Liability Microfinance Institution (TYM) under the Vietnam Women Union, a direct partner of Planet Finance Group in Vietnam.
Ms. Ho Thi Quy, General Director of TYM attended the award ceremony in Paris together with Tuyet and shared that "We prioritize support to disadvantaged women in society, those have little chance to access loans. We are actively looking for them in order provide small but significant credits from foreign partners".
Having given the award worth 1,000 euros and a laptop to Tuyet, Mr. Philipp Tavernier - CEO of Sogeti Group – a partner, which provides microfinance loans through Planet Finance Group for 12 years said, "With a small loan, the Vietnamese craftsman has created great products with her labour and love. What she has done deserves further development in the future”.
Present at the ceremony, Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO reserved many encouragements for the Vietnamese craftsman.
Ms Bokova was so touched when she received Tuyet’s gift of a copper decorative plate, which is finely carved.
Along with craftsman Duong Thi Tuyet, the successful craftsman award this year was also awarded to Palestine craftsman Ahlam Al Yateem, who has manipulated nail shell into jewelry and ornaments.
Planet Finance Group is a leading international aid organization with the mission to alleviate poverty through microfinance, therefore increasing the unbanked and underbanked’s access to financial services.