The Government of Japan is providing grant assistance worth USD 147,657 to support the expansion of dressmaking skill training in Savannakhet Province.
The project grant contract was signed at the Embassy of Japan in the Lao PDR on Feb 14 between Mr. Keizo Takewaka, Ambassador of Japan to the Lao PDR, and Ms. Masayo Kodama, President of Reborn Kyoto, the Japanese non-profit organization that initiated and manages the project.
The grant will help to fund activities in the one-year project entitled Spreading dressmaking Skill Training at Savannakhet Technical Vocational College Xepon Branch.
The project aims to contribute to provide opportunities for women and youth in the mountainous areas of Laos, who are trying to increase their incomes using dressmaking techniques that are being offered at the college.
Reborn Kyoto will provide technical supports for dressmaking and maintenance of sewing machines and dispatch Japanese experts.
Products made by them will be sold in Laos and in Japan as fair-trade items. The grant will also provide opportunities for skill expansion for the people around Xepon via workshops.
Since founded in 1979, Reborn Kyoto has supported the economic and psychological independence of women and youth in eight countries as well as in Japan through the instruction of dressmaking techniques using donated Japanese traditional kimono.
Source: Lao News Agency