Where we work
On January 1, 2004 Dien Bien was separated as an independent province from Lai Chau. Dien Bien forms the mountainous border between northwestern Vietnam and Laos. Dien Bien Province has several borders: Lai Chau province borders Dien Bien in the north; Son La province in the east; China (Van Nam Province) in the northwest; Laos (Luong Pha Bang and Phong Xa Ly Provinces) in the southwest. Dien Bien has a provincial city, a town and six districts. They are Dien Bien City (located in Muong Thanh Valley); Muong Lay Town; Dien Bien District, Dien Bien Dong District, Tuan Giao District, Tua Chua District, Muong Cha District, Muong Nhe District.
Dien Bien has mountain ranges and valleys marked with small rivers and streams. Dien Bien has two seasons: dry season (November – March) and rainy season (April – October).The wettest part of the year is from June to August. December and January are the driest months. Yearly average temperature is 21- 23 C; average rain quantity is 1,700 – 2,500 mm; average humidity is 83 – 85%.
There are several reasons why Chị Em targets certain villages in Dien Bien. Marginalized from NGO and state support, the chosen villages lack capital, market diversity, and attention. Chị Em strives to create access and to connect the people of our target villages to business innovation, international investors, and social entrepreneurs. The basis of our involvement is a conviction that marginalized communities are worth investing in and that the people of these communities, through support and cooperation, can succeed.