Combining her passion for social development, and love of beautiful handmade quilts, Ho Chi Minh City dentist Thanh Truong worked with NGO Mekong Plus to create Mekong Quilts in 2001.
Her main goal: creating sustainable employment for under-privileged women in rural regions of Vietnam and Cambodia.
She thought that quilting was the perfect craft for employment of women in rural areas – it requires low initial investment, and women can work from home and stay close to their families.
The program started with no more than 35 women. The first quilts were sold ‘Tupperware-style’ in homes of friends, volunteers and supporters.
To expand the program, a store was opened in Ho-Chi-Minh-City, and then in Hanoi, Siem Reap and Phnom Penh in Cambodia, thus increasing employment opportunities for more women.
Who are we ?
We are a social enterprise specializing in high quality, hand crafted quilts and accessories.
The Indo-Chine inspired quilt range uses patchwork, to create traditional products that meet the contemporary aesthetic. We use only the highest quality silks and cottons, along with beautiful ethnic embroideries in our quilts.
Our accessories range combines the use of environmentally sustainable raw materials such as bamboo, water hyacinth and papier maché with traditional hand craftsmanship to create innovative designs.
Mekong Quilts products can also be custom made to meet our client’s individualized aesthetic, and to the high standard of ‘workwomanship’ that our reputation is built on.
Our women artisans
The social enterprise now employs over 200 women in communities around Ho Chi Minh City, in Duc Linh and Tanh Linh, Ham Thuan Nam (Binh Thuan Province), Long My (Hau Giang province) in the Mekong Delta and Rumdoul (Svay Rieng province) in Cambodia.
Besides direct economic benefit to the women, all profits from your purchase of Mekong Quilts products are (via Mekong Plus NGO) used to support the wider community through development initiatives such as micro-financing, scholarships, and health, hygiene and agricultural education programs.
“Every item purchased from Mekong Quilts is a gift that gives twice.”
Photo gallery: quilters at work