With your help, 12 girls recently learned beauty skills and received business startup kits through World Concern’s Youth Center in the Champassak region of Laos, near the border of Thailand. Because of you, they are now equipped to earn income safely and avoid the danger of being trafficked into Thailand.
One of the girls is 17-year-old Xayphin. Like many young girls in her village, Xayphin was encouraged by friends to cross the border into Thailand, where many believe high paying jobs in restaurants are waiting. She had no idea that the friends – and even her own siblings – who had made this journey before her had likely become victims of forced labor or sex trafficking.
But Xayphin had a dream of saving money to open her own beauty salon in her home someday. She believed this could be a profitable business, knowing there are currently no beauty services in the area.
With her dream in mind, Xayphin put herself at great risk and crossed the border into Thailand last year. She found a job as a housemaid for a Chinese family about 300 kilometers from the border. But she became homesick, and being the youngest and the only unmarried child in the family, she felt responsible for her aging parents. So, after 3 months of working in Thailand, she returned to her village in time to help her parents with the harvest … thankfully, before being harmed or lured by traffickers.
When she returned, Xayphin learned that World Concern’s nearby youth center was offering job skills training – including hair styling and make up classes. She was thrilled, knowing this opportunity was a safe way to pursue her dream.
Not only did she learn marketable job skills, Xayphin met new friends, and was able to practice what she’d learned with these new friends. Xayphin received a business starter kit too, moving her closer to earning income with her new skills.
It wasn’t long before she had her first customer – a friend who needed her hair styled for a celebration. Her friend paid her $1.25 for her services. With this first job, Xayphin realized what was possible with her new skills. She told us she has decided not to migrate to Thailand, knowing it’s safer to be with her family at home.
You’re helping protect young girls like Xayphin with your gift. Thank you!
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