- LIVELIHOOD SOVEREIGNTY BASED COMMUNITY ENTREPRENEUR DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY (CENDI 2015-2025)
The Community Entrepreneur Development Institute (CENDI) is the outcome of a dynamic process of adapting to the changing needs of Indigenous Ethnic Minority Peoples in the Mekong region. This process began in 1994 with the establishment of Toward Ethnic Women (TEW), one of the first NGOs to be established in Vietnam. TEW‟s main focus was upon „Women‟s Rights‟ and it oriented its activities toward improving the situation of indigenous ethnic minority women in Vietnam, a section of the ethnic minority population that was most disadvantaged due to the negative prejudices and stereotypes that were held in Vietnamese society in general, by government officials in particular, and even among ethnologists and sociologists that ethnic minorities were „backward‟, „ignorant‟ and „dirty‟. In contrast, TEW valued the inherent strengths of ethnic minority women who live in nature and gain from all that nature offers via their wisdom of medicinal herbs and textile handicrafts to provide for their families‟ livelihoods. TEW engaged working directly with the women in order to consolidate their strengths and promote recognition of their capabilities and thereby change community, policy maker and academic attitudes.
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