Community programs

  • Houaykong Training Centre

    The Houaykong Training Centre is a livelihoods training centre funded by the mine and operated in collaboration with the Vilabouly District. The centre aims to increase the diversity and security of livelihoods in Vilabouly, by improving skills related to farming and food security, handicraft production, and income generation.

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  • Local business groups

    In order to maximise benefits of the mine for local communities, many supplies and services for the mine are sourced from local business groups.

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  • Sepon development trust fund

    Vilabouly District is host to the Sepon mine. It is also one of the 47 poorest districts of the Lao PDR. The Sepon Development Trust Fund provides US$750,000 a year for Vilabouly District.

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  • Village banking

    One of the key issues identified by local community members was the difficulty experienced in borrowing money to start new business ventures for agricultural activities. In response, GIZ (German Technical Cooperation) has been contracted to establish village banking services.

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  • Village development funds

    Through the Village Development Funds initiative, community members are trained to work together to choose and implement their own development projects. Small grants of up to US$15,000 per year are then provided to fund the projects, which must benefit the whole village.

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