Self Help - Income Generating Activities
Time of transition
The restrictions of Covid-19 impacted our work in many ways.
The three and a half month closure of our income generating centres - Regina Women's Self-Help Centre and Hands of Hope - followed by fewer orders, no local sales and shipping difficulties, led to re-evaluation as to the viability of continuing.
Numbers of participants had been declining in the Regina Centre for the last few years, with teenage girls encouraged and supported to pursue higher education and with a lessening of international orders, a decision was made to close.
The Regina Centre had provided skills training and employment to thousands of women since it first opened in 1984 in Nong Khai town. Two additional centres had opened in village sites since that time as well as the Isan Weaving Centre. The town site has been the last to close.
Hands of Hope has remained open two days a week unless additional orders lead to more production time, with the women pursuing additional income-generating activities the rest of the week.
Enterprising - creative - self-help initiatives
A group of women from the Regina Centre have chosen to form their own group to continue sewing and meeting orders from past and new customers. Mostly their work will be done with a Thai market in mind but are open to receiving international orders as well - providing shipping is an option to the requesting country. The center facilities are available to them for use. To enquire about ordering....
Dolls of Hope
The women in Hands of Hope have launched a new product which has received a lot of attention locally. Sales of their handmade doll keychains provide supplementary income to boost what they receive from the project's two days of work a week. The women can work at night , on their days off and on weekends to earn more, coming together as a group one day a week to encourage each other and send out the orders. They are managing all aspects of this activity themselves, wit their own contact and bank details. Should you wish to place an order...
Other activities, illustrated in the photos at the top of the page, include:
Making Thai sweets
Preserving duck eggs