New skills and knowledge for improved livelihood security for female migrant workers

CARE’s New Me! project aims to help migrant women working in the informal economy sector such as street vendors to have a safe space to talk about their daily challenges. Such challenges include limited access to business capital, electricity and water prices in rented accommodation or school enrollment for their children.

Photo: Anh Tran/CARE

Lam Dong Provincial Women’s Union joined with CARE organised a workshop to look back at the one-year-journey of the “New Me” project (phase 4).

Approximately 40 representatives from grassroots Women’s Unions piloting the Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) model in Da Lat city and Duc Trong district, Lam Dong province openly shared reflections on the opportunities and challenges of running the model at the project’s closing workshop.

The reflections and recommendations gathered from this closing workshop will be used by CARE and Lam Dong Provincial Women’s Union to continue adapting and scaling up VSLA model in urban settings to meet the needs of female migrant workers.

“New Me” (phase 4) aimed to empower female migrant workers working in the informal sector in Da Lat city. The project is implemented by CARE and Lam Dong Provincial Women’s Union with the financial support from The Asia Group Foundation.

Rapid industrialization and urbanization has increased migration from rural areas to Vietnam’s cities as people seek income earning opportunities.

Many women are formally employed in garment and shoe factories, while others work in the informal sector.

Female migrants face challenges in the cities they migrate to, ranging from poor housing and living conditions, lack of access to government services, violence, insecure work and income, unsafe working conditions, and lack of labor rights protection . Female migrants working in the informal sector are particularly vulnerable, especially in relation to labor protection, accesses to services, working conditions and stable incomes.

The "NEW ME" project with the aim of providing migrant women working in the informal economy in urban areas with knowledge and skills to develop their livelihood and supporting them to have better economic opportunities.

Tu Anh