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29/07/2015 09:31:12 AM

Fashion show "Creative Micro-entrepreneurs - Potentials unleashed"

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fashion show for the micros: unleashing Vietnamese Women’s potentials

Ha noi, Vietnam (November 22, 2014) -- In the recent years, the society has shown a more progressive and accurate view of the roles of women in the economic development. More and more Vietnamese women participate in the economic growth of the country by engaging in livelihood activities and businesses, which used to be seen only as the role of men.

In recognition to many Vietnamese women who redefined beauty through exemplifying strength, intelligence, and responsibility, a fashion show entitled “Creative Micro-Entrepreneur – Potentials unleashed” were held on November 22, 2014 at the Center for Women and Development. This fashion show was supported by the Canadian Cooperative Association and participated by three local Vietnamese organizations namely: Tinh Thuong Microfinance Institution (TYM) – Vietnam Women Union, Community Finance Resource Center (CFRC) and Microfinance and Community Development Institute (MACDI). CARD Mutually Reinforcing Institutions (CARD MRI), a social development organization in the Philippines, will be coordinating the fashion show.

Clients of the three Vietnamese organizations, which were mostly women entrepreneurs, walked the ramp to showcase traditional, modern, and ethnic clothes. Each collection featured in the fashion show was a reflection of the various business activities of Vietnamese women and the characteristics of the regions in the northern part of Vietnam.

Product displays and musical performances were also be held during the event.

Below are some pictures from the show.

Product displays


Mrs. Nguyen Thi Thanh Hoa, chairwoman of Vietnam Women's Union visited CFRC's booth


TYM's display 


MACDI's display


Press release





The Vietnamese traditional long dress (Ao dai) were painted with Hibiscus flower pattern - A special collection of CFRC




A Thai traditional dance performed by CFRC's members





MACDI's collection brought a new modern style to ethnic fabric





The Philippino collection by CARD-MRI






A special performance by the children





Mr. Scott Lewis represented CCA at the fashion show 



 Three directors of CFRC, TYM and MACDI





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About CCA

"The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) is a not-for-profit co-operative which establishes and strengthens co-operatives, credit unions and community-based organizations to reduce poverty, build sustainable livelihoods and improve civil society in less developed countries.  CCA proudly delivers programs for the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) and other organizations which help communities fight poverty and create more secure lives through community-owned co-ops."

About CARD Mutually Reinforcing Institutions

The CARD MRI is a group of mutually reinforcing institutions with a common goal of alleviating poverty in the Philippines and improving the quality of lives of the socially-and-economically challenged women and families towards nation building.

Based in San Pablo City in Laguna in the Philippines, with 1,580 offices located all over the country and with liaison offices in Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Laos, Myanmar and Indonesia, CARD MRI has 2.6 million members and clients as of September 2014 throughout the Philippines, continuously providing them holistic and integrated financial and social services that help uplift their lives and eventually transform them into responsible citizens for their community and their environment.

www.cardmri.com

About CFRC

Community Finance Resource Center (CFRC) is a non-government organization under Vietnam Association for Promoting and Supporting Educational Development. Its operational areas include (1) Microfinance, (2) Micro insurance, (3) Business development support, (4) Capacity building – Community Development, (5)  Policy Communication –Advocacy. CFRC is also a member of the M7 microfinance network with nearly 40,000 members.

With the vision of “A society where all people are getting access to learning opportunities, all potentials are unleashed and brought into full play, and a well-off, happy life with love and respect”, CFRC keeps innovating to provide comprehensive support for poor women, ethnic minorities and vulnerable groups, helping them to improve their living quality and position towards social and economic development and justice.

About TYM (1992-2014)

TYM is the first official microfinance institution of Vietnam. TYM was established by the Vietnam Women’s Union. Its mission is to improve the living quality of low income women and their families, especially poor women by providing financial and non-financial services, creating favorable conditions for their involvement in business activities and enhancing their rile in society.

As of October 2014, TYM has over 100,000 female clients with balance portfolio of 716 VND billion, repayment rate of 99.96%.

About MACDI

MACDI is a scientific and technological institute. The objectives of MACDI are to provide practical and market-oriented solutions to help the poor increase their income and improve their living standard; assist organizations, enterprises, and cooperatives to operate successfully and support them to achieve their targets and missions. MACDI proudly is a partner of the Chamber of Commerce and Development and the Vietnam Cooperatives Association. Through this partnership, MACDI has provided technical support for over 10,000 clients as small and medium enterprises and members of the Vietnam Cooperative Association. In addition, MACDI has also conducted a microfinance program combined with some other programs for business development support, environmental protection and climate change adaptation. This program has assisted over 6,500 ethnic women in Hoa Binh, Ha giang and Quang Binh which are amoung the poorest provinces in Vietnam.