Sustainable poverty reduction work over the past decade (2003 -2013)

As a key part of our work, COHED has focused on improving the livelihoods of vulnerable population groups throughout Vietnam by contributing to the broader economic and social well being of local communities, especially focus on poor rural women and ethnic populations in mountainous areas.
Over a decade of active contribution to the sustainable poverty reduction program in Vietnam, COHED has implemented a wide spectrum of interventions including: support for local agricultural farming with application of new techniques; expansion and diversification of livelihood opportunities based on local resources; community-based tourism programs; climate change resilient livelihood development;a micro-finance service operated and managed by local communities.

COHED has also focused on activities designed to build the capacity of local residents in developing and nurturing livelihood opportunities and new initiatives focused on market-oriented products and services, including: business and organisational coaching and mentoring; training courses; workshops; study tours; technical information dissemination; and marketing support.

Over the period (2003 -2013) COHED delivered 213 training courses on agricultural farming, livestock raising for 5,839 farmers, 3,628 poor rural and ethnic households received support from COHED for improving their agricultural farming, livestock raising, and non-agricultural income generation activities.

 

SPOTLIGHT: Community-based tourism for poverty reduction

From 2011 - 2013, COHED ran a community-based tourism program as part of the projectIntegrated HIV/AIDS prevention program for rural sustainability in Mai Hich commune. The program is a sustainable livelihood component of an integrated community development programme, implemented by COHED and funded by Misereor and Brotfür die Welt (Bread for the World).

Mai Hich commune is located in Mai Chau valley (Hoa Binh province, Vietnam). Mai Chau valley is 130 km from Hanoi city and is a popular destination for hundreds of thousands of local and foreign tourists each year. Mai Hich commune and Mai Chau valley are enriched with the fascinating indigenous cultures of the Thai and Muong ethnic populations, and features beautiful mountainous landscapes and local food.

COHED’s involvement

COHED provided technical and financial support to the local authority and villagers to build up the community tourism service system, which provided a high quality tourism service for 428 domestic and international tourists over the first year since the inception (2013)

There is a wide range of tourism products in Mai Hich commune, including:

·         High-quality homestay services with the capacity to accommodate 46 people per night at three traditional stilt houses with an interesting mix between dormitory style and private rooms

·         Traditional dance performances, lasting over one hour, presenting different ethnic dances that are professionally composed and performed

·         Bicycle tours with a picturesque route through villages and paddy fields

·         Access to souvenir and specialty shops.

Why community-based tourism?

COHED identified community-based tourism as one way to help poor, rural Thai ethnic households in Mai Hich commune to improve their standard of living - by sustainably utilizing the available resources of the area. This project creates income generation activities for households in Mai Hich commune, empowering the community and providing a platform for sustainable economic development.

As the result of our efforts, COHED has been highly appreciated by local people and authorities with Certificates of Merit granted by provincial people’s committee where it conducts its community development service.

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