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Clear Path International (CPI)

UXO Survivor and PWD capacity building

Last updated:2014-05-15 05:17:49

Challenge: Limited Business Opportunities

CPI partner LDWDC provides vocational training for disabled women, primarily in the area of handicrafts and small business management. The women typically come from rural villages from nearly each province in Laos to participate in the training in the country’s capital. Once the course graduates complete the training, most desire to return to their home villages but are limited by the lack of job opportunities and resources to create businesses of their own. As a result, many women are forced to stay in Vientiane away from their families to earn a menial living wage, or return to their villages to be viewed as burdens on their families and villages as they are professionally non-productive.

Program Goal

Support and advance the development, inclusion, and integration of persons with disabilities in Lao PDR through education, training, and income generation.


Provide business development training and entrepreneurial opportunities to equip women with disabilities in the Lao Disabled Women’s Development Center (LDWDC) network with the knowledge, skill sets, resources and confidence to understand and access their basic rights, escape the cycle of poverty, and enhance their livelihoods.


  • ?  Improvements to living situations

  • ?  Better access to business training and income-generating opportunities

  • ?  Improved financial health for households and villages

    Outputs & Beneficiaries:

    Inclusive education and socio-economic reintegration benefiting an estimated 766 direct and indirect beneficiaries.

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CPI will partner with the LDWDC to develop an extensive integrated training and income generation project for women within LDWDC’s network living and working in provincial villages. The following activities will be implemented:

  • ?  Conduct a needs assessment and product line evaluation to determine gaps in education, capacity, output, production constraints, design elements, branding and distribution. Build capacity of LDWDC specifically targeting these areas based on the results of the assessment.

  • ?  Develop and execute training modules for disabled women based on results of the needs assessment in the areas of handicraft production, design enhancement, business management, and sales and marketing.

  • ?  Launch village-level social enterprise cooperative shops and private entrepreneurial outlets in nine villages within Attapeu and Salavan provinces through which the women will sell their products, creating income generating opportunities for 68 disabled women and their families. The village shops will be managed by CPI/LDWDC and the beneficiaries will manage their own small businesses with support from CPI/LDWDC.

  • ?  Support the creation and development of the Lao Disabled Women’s Association, an organization that will provide training and advocacy on issues related to gender and disability mainstreaming as well as enable members to become part of a network that supports their social, professional, cultural and economic development. 

Project Start Date Project End Date Current Project Phase Current Phase Start Current Phase End Project Operational Budget
May 15th 2014 May 15th 2014 Jan 1st 2010 Dec 31st 2014 45000

Project Coordinator Project Partners
Jay Sklar, Mike Carroll
There are no partners specified

Provinces and districts of project activity:

Provinces Districts
Attapeu Province - Phouvong - Samakkhixay - Sanamxay - Sanxay - Xaysetha
Saravan Province - Khongxedone - Lakhonepheng - Lao Ngarm - Samuoi - Saravane - Ta Oi - Toomlarn - Vapy
Vientiane Province - Feuang - Hinhurp - Hom - Kasy - Keo Oudom - Longxan - Met - Mune - Phonhon - Saysomboune - Thoulakhom - Vangvieng - Viengkham - Xanakharm

Sectors and sub-sectors of project activity:

Sectors Sub-sectors
Education - Vocational Education
Human Resources Development - Capacity Building

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