Meet Lo Thi Van. She is no ordinary woman. For many years she has been an active member of the Ta Ban village women’s group and has built a small yet impressive farm where she raises pigs and porcupines and grows sugar cane and maize plants to support her family of five. Her village of Ta Ban is 180 km away from Hanoi in Trung Son commune, Thanh Hoa province. It is a remote, mountainous village with no proper road access. The poverty rates here are high and income sources are very limited.
“There are so many things we struggle with now. At times, our old village is inaccessible due to heavy rains and bad roads. We need better living conditions, clean water, we need to make sure our kids are able to study and young people have jobs,” says Ms. Van.
Trung Son Hydropower Project will help Vietnam add 260MW of clean electricity-generating capacity to help meet growing demand. A key aspect of the project is to help improve living conditions and open up employment opportunities and road access for the villagers in the project areas.
To make way for the 13 km2 reservoir needed for this run of the river Ma dam, Lo Thi Van and some 2,000 people are going to move to higher ground. Their new locations will have roads, clean water supply for each household, electricity, new community buildings, classrooms and improved health centers.
Of her future home Ms. Van says “My wish is very simple – I really hope to finally have a good road in the new village so that I can sell what I grow.”