Why focus on the village?

We   believe   that   international   change   starts   at   the   local   level.   In   Laos,   that   means   empowering   rural   villages, where   nearly   70   percent   of   the   population   lives.    Villages   are   complex   and   interconnected,   a   tapestry   that requires   healthy   land   and   natural   resources,   access   to   food   and   livelihood   opportunity,   and   empowered and   skilled   women,   men   and   youth.   When   these   key   ’threads’   are   weakened,   village   life   becomes   unhealthy and   the   entire   community   becomes   vulnerable.   We   aim   to   strengthen   village   life   by   eradicating   human trafficking, assuring communities’ land rights, and increasing their food security.

Why Laos?

Laos, or the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, is the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia, with a population of just under seven million people. Laos shares its borders with Vietnam in the east, Thailand in the west, China and Myanmar in the north, and Cambodia in the south. Laos remains one of the poorest countries in Asia and is included in the UN’s list of the 47 least developed countries in the world. As the majority of Laos’ population is rural, VFI takes a grassroots approach to alleviating poverty, working on the ground in communities while advocating for policies at the national level to protect villages’ interests. Our Lao staff works closely with local leaders to promote self- sufficiency and build the capacity of families and communities to prevent human trafficking, increase land security, and grow sustainable and nourishing foods. We believe confronting Laos’ many challenges takes much effort -- but most importantly, it takes a village focus. 
of Laos’ population depends on agriculture as their main source of income of children under five are stunted due to malnutrition of the rural population lives at or below the national poverty line
72%
44%
29%
Lao PDR at a glance
Learn more VFI leads the fight against human trafficking in Laos by sheltering trafficking survivors and at-risk women and children, and running prevention and capacity building programs at all levels across the country. Fighting Human Trafficking Learn more Learn more  The vast majority of Lao people are dependent on agriculture for their income and survival. We work with farmers to increase the sustainability and productivity of their crops, resulting in healthier food systems and communities. Ensuring Food Security Learn more Learn more  Village land in Laos is vulnerable to misuse or misappropriation by companies, foreign investors, and government. VFI educates and empowers communities about their land rights and teaches them sustainable land management practices. Strengthening Land Rights Learn more
Photography by Samantha Nieman and VFI staff © Village Focus International 2017

Why focus on the village?

We   believe   that   international   change   starts   at the   local   level.   In   Laos,   that   means   empowering rural   villages,   where   nearly   70   percent   of   the population     lives.      Villages     are     complex     and interconnected,   a   tapestry   that   requires   healthy land   and   natural   resources,   access   to   food   and livelihood    opportunity,    and    empowered    and skilled   women,   men   and   youth.   When   these   key ’threads’    are    weakened,    village    life    becomes unhealthy   and   the   entire   community   becomes vulnerable.   We   aim   to   strengthen   village   life   by eradicating        human        trafficking,        assuring communities’   land   rights,   and   increasing   their food security.
© Village Focus International 2017 Photos by Samantha Nieman and VFI staff

Why Laos?

Laos, or the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, is the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia, with a population of just under seven million people. Laos shares its borders with Vietnam in the east, Thailand in the west, China and Myanmar in the north, and Cambodia in the south. Laos remains one of the poorest countries in Asia and is included in the UN’s list of the 47 least developed countries in the world. As the majority of Laos’ population is rural, VFI takes a grassroots approach to alleviating poverty, working on the ground in communities while advocating for policies at the national level to protect villages’ interests. Our Lao staff works closely with local leaders to promote self-sufficiency and build the capacity of families and communities to prevent human trafficking, increase land security, and grow sustainable and nourishing foods. We believe confronting Laos’ many challenges takes much effort -- but most importantly, it takes a village focus.
Lao PDR at a glance
of Laos’ population depends on agriculture as their main source of income
72%
of children under five are stunted due to malnutrition
44%
of the rural population lives at or below the national poverty line
29%
The vast majority of Lao people are dependent on agriculture for their income and survival. We work with farmers to increase the sustainability and productivity of their crops, resulting in healthier food systems and communities. Ensuring Food Security Learn more VFI leads the fight against human trafficking in Laos by sheltering trafficking survivors and at-risk women and children, and running prevention and capacity building programs at all levels across the country. Fighting Human Trafficking Learn more Village land in Laos is vulnerable to misuse or misappropriation by companies, foreign investors, and government. VFI educates and empowers communities about their land rights and teaches them sustainable land management practices. Strengthening Land Rights Learn more Learn more Learn more

Why focus on the village?

We   believe   that   international   change   starts   at   the   local   level.   In   Laos,   that means   empowering   rural   villages,   where   nearly   70   percent   of   the   population lives.     Villages    are    complex    and    interconnected,    a    tapestry    that    requires healthy     land     and     natural     resources,     access     to     food     and     livelihood opportunity,    and    empowered    and    skilled    women,    men    and    youth.    When these   key   ’threads’   are   weakened,   village   life   becomes   unhealthy   and   the entire   community   becomes   vulnerable.   We   aim   to   strengthen   village   life   by eradicating     human     trafficking,     assuring     communities’     land     rights,     and increasing their food security.
© Village Focus International 2017 Photos by Samantha Nieman and VFI staff

Why Laos?

Laos, or the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, is the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia, with a population of just under seven million people. Laos shares its borders with Vietnam in the east, Thailand in the west, China and Myanmar in the north, and Cambodia in the south. Laos remains one of the poorest countries in Asia and is included in the UN’s list of the 47 least developed countries in the world. As the majority of Laos’ population is rural, VFI takes a grassroots approach to alleviating poverty, working on the ground in communities while advocating for policies at the national level to protect villages’ interests. Our Lao staff works closely with local leaders to promote self-sufficiency and build the capacity of families and communities to prevent human trafficking, increase land security, and grow sustainable and nourishing foods. We believe confronting Laos’ many challenges takes much effort -- but most importantly, it takes a village focus. 
Lao PDR at a glance
Learn more VFI leads the fight against human trafficking in Laos by sheltering trafficking survivors and at-risk women and children, and running prevention and capacity building programs at all levels across the country. Fighting Human Trafficking Learn more Learn more  The vast majority of Lao people are dependent on agriculture for their income and survival. We work with farmers to increase the sustainability and productivity of their crops, resulting in healthier food systems and communities. Ensuring Food Security Learn more Learn more  Village land in Laos is vulnerable to misuse or misappropriation by companies, foreign investors, and government. VFI educates and empowers communities about their land rights and teaches them sustainable land management practices. Strengthening Land Rights Learn more of Laos’ population depends on agriculture as their main source of income
72%
of children under five are stunted due to malnutrition
44%
of the rural population lives at or below the national poverty line
29%