Lao Disabled Women Development Centre, Vientiane, Laos

The Lao Disabled Women’s Development Centre was founded and is run by women with disabilities and works to provide support to other Lao disabled women by helping them develop new skills and build their confidence. They aim to change perceptions of disabled women in Laos and empower them so they can become independent members of society. They run various vocational and life skills training from their centre that aim to break the dependence and poverty cycles and help them to become small business owners or skilled employees.

Students aged 18-60 years stay at the centre for 6 months were they learn sewing, weaving or paper crafts. They also are taught business and marketing skills and English and are given psychosocial support. They also run a number of income generating projects including a showroom providing information about women with disabilities and selling the handicraft products made at the centre. In 2015 they started a tourism project, linking with Lao tour companies and sell products overseas. They also are contracted by government to make school uniforms.

 

For more information, please visit their website.