Best Projects 2022 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs, or informal programs.

Lens: Crochet and Hope

Your title/position Founder/Leader of Project
Type of Enterprise informal program/project
Year the ngo or company was founded 2022
Website

Explain your project in details:

Lens is a project created to support domestic abused women in Vietnam. We are a group of individuals who crochet as a hobby and have been using our skills to sell our crochet work to donate to the domestically abused population in Vietnam. We meet once a few weeks to update and teach each other new skills in order for our products to be the best they can be. Our mission is to help these individuals return to their everyday lives by supporting them financially through the products we sell. We also teach them crochet as a way to deal with the trauma and help them gain a skill they can use to support themselves later on in life. We also intend to help sell the product made by these women to help them jump-start their new lives.

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Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development

At the start of the project, only I was able to crochet. Now, we have around 10 members that can crochet well.

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Sustainability and future plans

We are a non-profit informal project. Since crochet is a cheap hobby, we currently have our members purchase their own tools and yarn. However, we have been able to sell some of our products and the money is being used to buy more materials. There is a fair coming up that we are going to participate in and this would help us grow to the next level and have the resources to be able to teach the women.

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Your profile as an entrepreneur

I am 17 years old. Born and raised in Vietnam, my motivation came from my mother. She is an entrepreneur, and her company has helped improve hundreds of women's lives. I inspire to make an impact on my community like she had. As a leader, I am a welcoming and talkative person. My qualities have helped my members come straight to me when there is an issue which has helped us deal with many problems quickly. As an entrepreneur, I am still learning. But I promise that my naivety will not stop me from reaching my of supporting domestically abused women.

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