When I was asked to join the bloggers in Vietnam to write about the remarkable work
I was excited about particularly because I am an advocate of women’s empowerment. On the first day, we heard from a women’s leadership panel about how
And they’ve done just that. Today they are all leaders in
We also heard from a young woman who was nominated by
While you’ve heard a lot about the EKOCENTERs, one of the things that I love most is how it provides the opportunity for women in the community to help support their families and teaches them business fundamentals. They can then take those same skills and start their own business.
Again, these are just a few things that
The people of the country are simply amazing. They are hard-working, fearless and passionate. Each person I met was more than eager to tell me more about themselves. The women in the empowerment programs were so proud of what they have accomplished. I think that pride, more than anything, is what stands out to me about Vietnam (and the food!). And, not only is that pride shown by those women, it’s shown by everyone in the local communities.
As I think about this trip, I learned to always believe in my abilities and what I can accomplish. These women taught me that we are valued and we matter. And, at the end of the day, we should always be proud of who we are and what we do. That’s the true essence of the people of Vietnam.
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