In a rural backdrop six hours from Vientiane lies a small community of farmers and villagers struggling to survive. Their land was cleared years ago for timber and left without economic benefit. Through SEDA and microfinance, they want to create prospering farms to sustain their community for future generations. In addition to financial assistance, these villagers need to know they can receive fair trade for produce, have access to services and raw materials, clean water and farming information
This project involves working with farmers to plant Jatropha Curas (green energy) on 9000 acres, establish a producer cooperative, marketing strategy and water storage plan - with the remaining land to be used for herbs, rice and conservation.
Introducing this microfinance program to farmers in poverty will create sustainable change for the community in question and generate useful lessons, which can then be applied to similar communities throughout Laos.