Women with disabilities in Laos are often unable to access an education and have very limited employment opportunities. The Lao Disabled Women’s Development Centre (LDWDC) tackles this by offering vocational training scholarships for disabled women and girls from poor backgrounds to study at the Centre. Students train in either sewing, weaving or handicraft production and after completing their training they are supported to find employment or start their own business.
The families of our disabled students cannot afford to pay tuition fees, so the students who are selected for the program are awarded scholarships that cover the costs of living and studying at the Centre.
The LDWDC also operates a social enterprise, providing employment to more than 30 disabled women each year. We are also an active advocate for the rights, recognition and equal opportunity of disabled women by promoting awareness and raising the profile of disabled women in Laos.