Inclusive Livelihoods – Laos

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Inclusive Livelihoods – Laos


Help people like Khamkeng, living with the double disadvantage of poverty and disability, to overcome social isolation and discrimination, by supporting key initiatives to help build a more inclusive and equitable community.

Laos is one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia. A third of the population is currently living below the international poverty line (living on less than US$1.25 per day). Over two-thirds of the population live rurally and the poverty rate in rural areas is almost three times that of urban areas. In 2016, the country ranked 138th on the Human Development Index, indicating low-medium development. According to the Global Hunger Index (2015), Laos ranks as the 29th hungriest nation in the world out of the list of the 52 nations in hunger. Laos has a low life expectancy rate of 64 years for men and 67 years for women.


Adults and children with disabilities are amongst the most marginalised people in Laos, facing higher levels of poverty and other social inequalities due to multiple barriers faced in all aspects of their lives. National census data reports the number of people with disabilities as 2.8% of Laos’s total population, a much lower figure than international benchmarks would suggest (15%). There has been some level of commitment made by the government of Laos to mainstream disability into basic, core services, including; inclusive education, health insurance schemes and the poverty reduction programme. However, the government faces significant challenges in working towards that commitment, largely due to a lack of capacity and resourcing.


  • Supporting self-representation and advocacy of people with disabilities to advocate for their rights.
  • Building inclusive, resilient, equitable communities in selected districts of Luang Prabang.
  • Supporting the establishment of Self-help Groups (SHGs) to strengthen livelihoods.

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“So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” - Romans 12:5

Living with the double disadvantage of poverty and disability, Khamkeng from Laos has had many difficulties accessing healthcare due to the expense of travel costs and the distance of the nearest healthcare center. In his small town, he was mainly treated with traditional medicine which was available in the community.

Having completed a vocational training course, he could not continue with higher education due to the poverty of his family and physical barriers. Having no job or income, he was still very happy to volunteer at a self-help group called “Group of Ethnic” engaged in handicraft production activities.

Khamkeng experienced loneliness and discrimination, but he is so thankful to be part of a CBID project where he received training in disability inclusive development, safeguarding and project management. He had the opportunity to meet with more people living with disabilities in the community and sharing the experiences about barriers faced. He gained great knowledge from the project, giving him more confidence in lobbying for the rights of persons with disabilities with the government at various levels.

He began to enjoy living in the community, but more importantly he felt more physically and mentally stronger than ever before. People in the community accepted his ability and respected his dignity. He is proud to be independent and can give some support to his family.

He is so grateful and appreciative to cbm for this project and he wants to see many more people living with disabilities and those marginalized groups in the community receiving similar support like he did.