Community-based organisations tend to turn into social firms hinh anh 1Social enterprises seek opportunities at a workshop on collaboration and growth held on September 29 by the Centre for Promotion of Quality of Life in HCM City (Source: VNA)
HCM City (VNA) – A conference was held in Ho Chi Minh City on September 29 to discuss how community-based organisations (CBOs) continue helping vulnerable groups since the amount of foreign financial aid is declining.

Speaking at the event, Pham Hong Son, head of G3VN group – a CBO for the gay community, said it has changed itself to a social enterprise by building Galant general clinic specialising in diagnosing HIV infection, treatment of sexually-transmitted diseases, among others. It also commits to reserving 51 percent of its profits for supporting the gay community.

Director of the Centre for Promotion of Quality of Life (LIFE) Nguyen Nguyen Nhu Trang said six out of 31 CBOs in the south have turned into social businesses.

In particular, three CBOs, namely “Aloboy”, “Hoa co may” and “Da khoc” have been cooperating together to create a clean food distribution channel called AloFood, which sets aside 52 percent of its profits to serve the community.

Trang said CBOs also play an important role in HIV/AIDS prevention and control by working closely with victims or those at high risk of infection.

The event was co-hosted by the Centre for Promotion of Quality of Life (LIFE) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID).-VNA