Mrs. Vi Thị Thuận, founder of Hoa Ban+

Mrs. Thuận was born and raised in a poor family in Mai Châu. A hard life made her learn weaving and sewing as a child. Witnessing countless lives with deprivation in her hometown, she always wondered about how to help them. Her passion for textile and willingness to preserve her people’s identify, she founded Hoa Ban+. She gave disadvantaged women vocational training, workshops and started selling their work to create an income for them. When Hoa Ban+ was born, she also constantly improved her skills by participating in some contests in weaving and traditional embroidery and gain high prizes (2008-2009).

Today in 2016 Hoa Ban+ employs over 40 women in the area, producing high quality goods for retail and wholesale from their modernised factory and shop. Mrs Thuan continues to work hard to preserve the crafts and heritage of the White Thai people.