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SEDA takes an integrated approach to development that addresses all the interrelated issues, rather than tackling just one aspect of development. SEDA builds capacity and skills so that people can improve their food security, livelihoods, health, nutritional status, education, safety, water and environment. SEDA works with communities, empowering people to identify their needs and then works with them to implement solutions.
SEDA is currently seeking the resources to support women with no income and single women in financial crises. With little or no education and a family to support, many women in Laos struggle to feed their children and keep a roof over their heads. Often they find themselves alone after their husbands have left or died, without money to send their children to school or make a better life for themselves.
Women will be assisted through SEDA’s agribusiness work and through access to micro-finance. In addition, SEDA plans to promote and preserve Lao cultural heritage and reduce poverty through assisting women to produce quality hand woven textiles and other products.
SEDA will source quality natural raw materials for weaving, train women in weaving techniques, use of organic dyes, design and quality control methods and support women to produce quality hand woven textiles using traditional and Lao/western fusion designs. Through this, women will produce high quality clothing and home décor items.
SEDA has the know how and contacts to then develop domestic and international markets in several countries that will generate enough income to pay a fair trade price to weavers and fund SEDA’s further development work.