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Vietnam: Australian volunteers have contributed to improvements in socio-economic conditions in beautiful Mai Chau Valley 
Hanoi-based not-for-profit ‘COHED’ has delivered a successful community tourism project in beautiful Mai Chau Valley in northwest Vietnam. COHED has acknowledged that Australian volunteers played an important role building the organisation’s capacities for this and other projects to be a success.

Philippines: Volunteer assignments have driven growth for small businesses in rural Oriental Mindoro province
Australian volunteer Dante Tagle has undertaken three consecutive business development focused assignments with the Gelacio I Yason Foundation Family Farm School in rural Philippines. Many local businesses owned by the families of students benefited from the assignments.

Papua New Guinea: There have been many improvements for women’s businesses a year after a small business program
In October 2015 in partnership with the Papua New Guinea Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry ABV delivered a Your Enterprise Scheme for women business owners. In line with ABV’s theory of change impact framework, ABV reached out to the women one year after the program took place to understand the longer-term outcomes the program brought for their businesses.

Fiji: A volunteer has helped build the capacities of a remote village coconut oil micro-business 
An example of how volunteers with the right skills, and with a focus on business capacity building can have a positive impact on a community even in a relatively short period of time.

Vietnam: Volunteers have contributed to a fair-trade business’s sustainability
Four consecutive Australian volunteer assignments have had a big impact on Craft Beauty – an independent NGO based in Hanoi, Vietnam which creates Vietnamese handicraft products under fair-trade conditions.

Papua New Guinea: Educator Tuem Narawec says a SME mentoring program was a key to the success of his highlands learning centre
Mr Narawec, founding director of the Bawii Community Learning Centre in Jiwaka Province, completed a ‘YES’ small business program delivered by ABV in 2009. Six years later he is still enthusiastic about the program and says “the YES program was one of the factors which have helped make the Bawii Community Learning Centre a success”.

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