Cuc's family has always had a tough life.
Untill last year she was a worker at a brick factory, and like
the others she endured the 3 x 8 hours working shifts.
All around that place one could hardly breathe because of the
gas and pollution... Cuc earned between 40 and 50 € per month.
No holidays. But for 6 months during the rainy season the
factory would stop, and Cuc would stay at home with no
Due to terrible working conditions and
horrible consequences for the environment: the government
ordered all the old brick factories to close. 120 workers like
Cuc lost their jobs.
Mekong Plus has proposed her a microcredit to
buy a pig and chicks, and to invest in her paddy. We offered
her to join Mekong Quilts*, our social enterprise which
has met with constant and increasing success for the last 10
years. Imagine: 310 quilters employed full time., who have
doubled their income!
Cuc and her friends found it hard as it is a
totally different work! They needed a lot of training and
encouragements. With determination she has finally succeeded
and has become one of the best. In December she earned 100
*Mekong Quilts has 4 shops, all profits
contribute to funding the Mekong Plus development
Linh (Tánh Linh team) and Bernard KERVYN, 2nd