Illustrative image. (Source: VNA) Thai Nguyen (VNA) – From the poorest community in a rural commune in northern Thai Nguyen province, To Village has been given a facelift thanks to the project namely Saemaul Undong funded by the Republic of Korea since 2014. The Saemaul Undong, also known as New Community Movement or New Village Movement, is a political initiative launched in the RoK in 1970 to modernize the country’s rural economy. The Saemaul Global Foundation (SGF) piloted the model in To Village, Phuong Tien commune, Dinh Hoa district, where 90 percent of the population are Tay ethnic minority people, 4 years ago. Since then, the project has helped build rural infrastructure, improve living conditions for the villagers and raise their income. The project has supported the village to build a 700-sqm cultural house to host the locals’ social activities, a community library, a small radio station and a recreational area. It has also provided building materials to concrete more than 2 km of rural roads so the villagers here would not be worried about travelling on muddy roads during rainy days. Furthermore, millions of VND have been provided to the local people to develop new livelihoods like rabbit farming… Read full this story
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