What solution(s) does your initiative address to help emerging entrepreneurs and small businesses grow and thrive in underserved communities? (select all applicable)
Access to supply chains, Access to technology, Access to economic opportunity, Policy change/advocacy.
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
CECAD began working in Thanh Hoi commune in 2008 with support from the Inter-Church Organization for Development Cooperation, a Dutch organization. CECAD has assisted the commune to improve livelihoods, protect the environment and preserve the Muong cultural identity. CECAD has helped establish a network for community development organizations from the village level to the commune level, under which community-based organizations have been set up to manage development programs. Members of the women's saving and credit have contributed to their groups $30,000. Loans have been spent on cultivation and animal husbandry, which in turn help improve the status of women both at home and in the public.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
- Women’s entrepreneurship has been promoted.
- Income increased by 50% for brigade members with migrant husbands through keeping Muong pigs.
- 50% of group members master pig raising techniques, marketing and negotiating skills.
- Status of 50% brigade members will be increased both at home and in the public.
- It will promote the perception of gender equality among the community members and therefore the patriarchal norms at the local level will be changed.
- When the younger generations grasp the possibilities of successful animal husbandry, it will encourage them to stay with their families, thus minimizing migration to big cities.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
- Incomes from animal husbandry are lower than the villagers can earn in urban jobs or other opportunities in the region.
- Young Muong women lack experiences, business skills and connections with proper distribution channels. Training courses will be provided. CECAD will support them to promote their product and search for distributors.
- Brigade members do not have a proper slaughterhouse that meets the local hygienic and environmental standards. CECAD will facilitate meetings between members and the People's Committee. A piece of land will be set aside to build the infrastructure. Forty percent of the costs is supported by CECAD. The remaining is contributed by the members.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
A brigade will be formed. 25 young Muong women will be trained in entrepreneurship so that they could run the brigade themselves
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Connecting with wider social and economic systems. Search for proper distributors in Hanoi. Build trademark for the Muong pork