The House of Spices project in Pu Bin aims to implement a training centre to produce spices and herbal remedies from harvest to transformation. The Pu Bin commune is nestled in a breathtaking mountain range approximately 150 km South-West of Hanoi. This region is ideal for the culture of spices and herbs.
As always, Women Global Engagement is there to support the training goal of strengthening the economic power of women and their ability to generate independent income.
These pictures taken in October reflect the training given to women aged 25 to 55 living in Pu Bin and surrounding communes.
The project has 3 phases:
The first phase was completed in January of 2020 and consisted of visiting the existing production site to evaluate the agronomic potential of the House and identify the training needs of women in the commune.
The second phase was completed in October of 2020 and allowed introductory training sessions to be offered in spice and herbal remedy production. This training was given to 60 women of 3 villages thanks to the financial contribution of WGE. An additional component of the second phase (which was halted due to the pandemic) would have allowed the construction of a building to house the training and spice refinery.
The third phase involves the establishment of a touristic route allowing visitors to discover the spice farms, understand the transformation steps, buy spices, and taste these local treasures during Vietnamese cooking classes. This phase is managed by Fondation Diep TO.
This ambitious project supports the role of women as pillars of economic growth in this unknown region of Vietnam and is made possible thanks to the collaboration of the Ministry of International Relations and La Francophonie of Quebec, Fondation Diep TO and local authorities in Vietnam.