Keys implementing "3 Clean-s" model to support ethnic minority women’s members in economic development

Thu Cuc commune, located in the mountainous region of Tan Son district, Phu Tho province, has encountered challenges in environmental protection for many years due to its diverse ethnic makeup and geographical characteristics. Through practical activities implementing the "3 Clean-s" model, members and women of Thu Cuc commune have not only contributed to enhance the living environment but also help local clean livestock and intensive farming.
Thu Cuc commune has 4 ethnic groups: Muong, Kinh, Dao and Mong

The commune is located 15km away from the center of Tan Son district, with 2,470 households and 4 ethnic groups (Muong, Kinh, Dao and Mong). With a high population density in this area, the level of awareness and understanding of environmental protection among the local residents varies. Some households dispose of waste into rivers and streams, discharging waste directly into the environment. Therefore, the Commune Women's Union (WU) has launched campaigns to regularly clean village roads, alleys, and hamlets, collect scrap and sell it to raise fund to support local members and orphans in difficult circumstances.

Model of cooperative group raising stream ducks in U area, Thu Cuc commune

Besides, the commune WU focuses on communication to ensure that 100% of its staffs and members actively participate in ensuring food hygiene and safety, rejecting stimulants and chemicals in production and livestock production.

Commune WU staff guides the women’s group in growing vegetables

During the period from 2021 to 2023, they have successfully mobilized the cultivation of winter vegetables on a total area of 2.7 hectares, and currently, every member has their own vegetable garden. Additionally, they have provided livelihood support to four households for livestock farming, contributing to not only protect the forest and water environment but also support the local community in clean livestock rearing and intensive agriculture.  

Model of making handmade corn wine of women’s group

Regarding the "3 Clean-s" model, the WU conducted surveys to develop specific plans based on the characteristics of each area. Currently, 12 out of 17 women’s groups have launched the model, with a total of 540 households and members participating in waste classification at their homes; organic waste is used for fertilizer, inorganic waste is processed properly, and recyclable waste is sold to raise funds to support members in difficult circumstances. Additionally, the local WU has built 75 new waste incinerators at women’s groups and renovated 38 latrines with funds from the Social Policy Bank.

According to Ms. Hoang Thi Minh Thao, President of Thu Cuc Commune WU, in the coming time, they are planning to communicate and raise awareness of environmental protection among its members and their families, utilizing technology and social media to reach a wider audience. Furthermore, proposing to the local authorities and closely coordinating with relevant departments, encouraging recognition for exemplary individuals contributing to environmental protection efforts.

*3 Clean-s: Clean house, kitchen and surrounding lanes.

Translated by VWU International Relations Dept.