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Touring the Lao Disabled Women’s Development Centre

We want tourists to come and learn about traditional handicrafts, meet our students and support handmade products created by Laos women….

By Kinnalone Nueanevingkham
Tour Manager, Laos Disabled Women’s Development Centre

Laos Disabled Women's Development Centre

When you take a tour of the Lao Disabled Women’s Development Centre (LDWDC), the money goes straight back into helping women with disabilities in Laos. We want tourists to come and learn about traditional handicraft and weaving techniques, meet our students and support handmade products created by Laos women.

The LDWDC is a non-profit organisation that helps women with disabilities, mental and physical, from all over the country. Students come to our centre in Vientiane and stay for six months to learn skills such as sewing, IT, handicrafts and weaving, followed by a two-month internship. We also teach students language skills, civil rights and help them find a job so they can have a bright future.

We don’t get any financial help from the government, although they support us by providing land, so our work is mainly funded through NGOs, donations and selling our handmade products. When you visit, we’ll show you around our centre, which is currently home to 23 students from eight provinces and around 35 staff. You’ll get to talk to our residents, see how handicrafts are made and discover what life is like at the LDWDC.

You can also take a look through our showroom, where we sell products made by our students and women from villages across Laos. You can buy everything from scarves and pottery to bags made from recycled clothes and handicrafts. It’s also possible to take a weaving workshop with us, enjoy a cooking class, traditional Baci ceremony or just wander through our pretty gardens on the banks of the Mekong River. Guests really enjoy the tour because they get to learn about our culture and make a positive impact while they travel.

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Alfred & Kinnalone Nueanevingkham

Kinnalone is from Vientiane province and has worked at the Laos Disabled Women’s Development Centre (LDWDC) since 2002. She has performed various roles in the organisation, from cashier and project manager to her current role as tour manager. Kinnalone is passionate about sharing the LDWDC story with visitors and continuing to help Laos women with disabilities thrive.
Kinnalone Nueanevingkham, Tour Manager, Laos Disabled Women’s Development Centre

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Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Adele, who's travelled extensively in Laos. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the guide who can hone your pétanque skills while playing with the locals, the conservationist who can take you trekking with Asian elephants and the monks who can school you in the craft of Makbeng and Pasaat Pheung making.

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