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New tourism project kicks off in Mộc Châu

MỘC CHÂU — Local authorities in the northern province of Sơn La have kicked off a new tourism project in the capital town, Mộc Châu, aiming to promote local tourism potential and enhance the community’s role in offering tourism services to improve income among locals, especially women. The “Mộc Châu Inclusive Tourism Destination Management” project has

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Joining Hands with Ethnic Minority Communities for Vietnam Family Day

Culminating on Vietnam Family day on 28 June, GREAT joined with our partners in Son La and Lao Cai for a series of events to promote gender equality. “Joining hands for a happy family” attracted the active participation of thousands of families from Mong, Thai, Muong, Dao and Ha Nhi ethnic groups in four project

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Green shoots are growing

Bamboo shoots are synonymous with Vietnamese cuisine and are grown in many areas of the country. As well as being a popular food ingredient in Vietnam, bamboo shoots provide an important source of income  for households living in the buffer zones of protected forests in north west Vietnam, including Hoang Lien – Van Ban Nature

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A young female entrepreneur with a great mission

Born in 1989, Nguyen Thi Huyen – the energetic female director of Vina Samex Company has more than 10 years of experience working in the specialty spice sector in Vietnam. As the third largest cinnamon producer in the world, Vietnam has natural advantages that have supported the growth of companies like Vina Samex. However, initially,

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Turning Traditional Knowledge into an Economic Opportunity

Like many other Red Dao women in Ta Phin, a commune close to the tourism hot spot of Sapa, Tan Ta May only finished primary school. Her childhood was very much intertwined with traditional Dao herbal bathing remedies handed down from generation to generation. However, the severe poverty particularly of ethnic minority women in the

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Australian Embassy’s visit to GREAT partners in Son La

The GREAT Program helped broker bringing the Vietnam Trail Marathon to Moc Chau.  In its second year, its already firmly entrenched as one of the must do adventure events in Vietnam and has become an important economic driver for Moc Chau.  Coinciding with the Vietnam Trail Marathon event in January 2020, a delegation from the

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GREAT’s Partnership with Lien Viet Post Bank

GREAT has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Lien Viet Post Bank to develop collateral free lending models based on cash flow modelling and risk profiling of farmers within targeted value chains. This will help address key market constraints of farmers not being able to access loans without land title certificates and the high transaction

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GREAT Reflect and Refocus Workshop in Son La and Lao Cai Provinces

In December 2019, the GREAT Program organised Reflect and Refocus workshops in Son La and Lao Cai.  At the two workshops, the latest findings from GREAT’s beneficiary study were shared and GREAT partners proactively discussed the challenges faced in project implementation as well as the root causes and potential solutions. Particularly for women in some

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From Village to Markets: Empowering Ethnic Minority Women

The “From Village to Markets: Empowering Ethnic Minority Women” event held in Hanoi on December 6th highlighted both the challenges and opportunities to improve the economic empowerment of women in North West Vietnam. The event is organized by the Australian supported program called Gender Responsive Equitable Agriculture and Tourism (GREAT) which aims to empower local

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The Sweet Smell of Benzoin

Mountainous Van Ban in Lao Cai Province is home to significant plantation of bode trees, or more correctly Styrax tonkinensis. The tree has often been exploited by local people for its timber but there are more sustainable uses. The tree produces benzoin, a fragrant resin, that is used internationally in medicines perfumes and incense. There

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