Located at the foot of Phja Bjooc mountain, Phieng Phan village has more than 40 households belonging to the Dao ethnic group. It used to be the most underprivileged village of the commune because of traffic conditions and people’s lack of economic knowledge. In recent years, after having access to economic development models of the Party and local authorities, the Dao people in Phieng Phang have gradually changed their mindset to improve their living standards.

The concrete and widened inter-village road Na Pai - Phieng Phang has greatly contributed to economic development, improving the people’s material and spiritual life. “In the past, the villagers lived in poverty as they only depended on corn and rice crops while the infrastructure and technology were limited. Having chances to visit and study models in other places, we have boldly invested in transforming production models. Despite its small scale, a suitable climate and water source hopefully can  help people develop a new economic direction,” shared Dang Hanh Dung, a resident of Phieng Phan village.

Cultural life of the Dao ethnic people in Phieng Phan village is increasingly vibrant.

Instead of only exploiting land to cultivate rice, maize and cassava, Phieng Phan residents now know how to do collective economy. Women and young people are encouraged to directly participate in the cooperative’s production activities. They currently focus on growing galangal and Nep Tai rice to provide raw materials for Yen Duong Cooperative.

“Thanks to the Party and State attention, the Dao ethnic people in Phieng Phang have become more and more united and share a common goal of building a prosperous life. Now they have learned how to do community tourism and apply new technology in agriculture. Households have successfully built models of raising sturgeon, salmon, pigs or growing oranges and tangerines, etc.,” said Trieu Thi Man, Secretary of the Party cell of Phieng Phang village.

Changes in Phieng Phan have proved the important role of the Party and State in orientation and investment in changing a community’s livelihood. However, all support can only become effective if there is consensus and solidarity from the beneficiaries.

Translated by Tra My - Binh Duong - Ngoc Anh - Tuan Anh