SGRA Project in Laos (December)

A JILAF delegation visited the Lao capital of Vientiane and the southern province of Savannakhet from December 13 (Sunday) to 18 (Friday) for the SGRA project (Supporting Grass-Roots Activities through the International Employers’ and Workers’ Network), which is being conducted with grants from the Japanese government (Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare). As part of efforts to improve and uplift the livelihoods of network members, bridging to vocational training programs organized by the Lao government and others was implemented.
In the capital of Vientiane, a two-day English conversation training program organized by an employers’ organization and others was held for 30 tuk-tuk (three-wheeled motorbike taxi) drivers (SGRA network members). After an introduction and explanation of how to use the “Talkin’ Tuk-Tuk” tool produced with the cooperation of members of the Vientiane Working Group, a role-playing lesson was held using this tool. This was followed by practical training in which the participants made one-day tours in tuk-tuk taxis carrying tourists, using the tool and expressions they had learned on the first day. The network members made such comments as “Thanks to this training, I have gained confidence in using simple English expressions and calling out to tourists. I hope this leads to an increase in my income.”
In the southern province of Savannakhet, a three-day study tour relating to soil improvement and productivity improvement was held for a total of eight members of the Savannakhet Working Group and network members (leaders of sugar cane cultivation workers). On the first day they visited the Panbun Organic Farming Center, where they learned about the properties of organic fertilizer and how to make it, as well as the difference between sugar cane cultivated using organic fertilizer and sugar cane cultivated using chemical fertilizer. On the second day they inspected the Wonkai Sugar Factory in Nakhon Ratchasima Province in Thailand (sometimes called Korat), where they listened to an outline of the factory and learned about the organic sugar production process. In addition, the participants visited two farms that deliver sugar cane to the factory, where they heard talks on how to make organic fertilizer, how to use organic fertilizer, and how to cultivate sugar cane using organic fertilizer. Follow-up seminars for network members who did not participate in the study tour this time will be held in January 2016 and thereafter with the aim of steadily advancing the project.


02/13SatVientiane:English conversation training day 1 (classroom lecture)
Savannakhet:Study tour on soil improvement and productivity improvement day 1
02/14SunSavannakhet:Study tour on soil improvement and productivity improvement day 2
02/15MonVientiane:English conversation training day 2 (practical training)
Savannakhet:Study tour on soil improvement and productivity improvement day 3

Photos of the Participants

English conversation training

English conversation practical training

Learning how to make organic fertilizer