Hanoi has launched the One Village One Product movement, creating new impetus for its craft villages, the Vietnam Economic News reported.

The One Village One Product movement was initiated by Japan in 1979, with the intention of promoting domestic craft production. The movement has so far spread to 36 countries worldwide including Thailand , Cambodia , and Senegal and brought these countries economic development successes.

Hanoi now has 1,350 craft villages, accounting for 67 percent of the country’s total craft villages. Craft villages in Hanoi have consolidated their foothold in the city’s socio-economic structure. The city’s craft products have been sold successfully in domestic and international markets, creating stable incomes for over one million professional craftspeople, a much higher than the income from rice farming.

Craft villages often attract many idle labourers of different ages and help alleviate poverty, especially for disabled people.

Hanoi craft villages have offered many unique products in terms of technique and design thanks to experienced and well- trained craftspeople.

The city has also selected 15 craft villages to set up inter-village tours including Thang Loi, Ha Thai, Phu Vinh, Van Phuc, Son Dong, Bat Trang, and Kieu Ky.-VNA