Source: Vientiane Times
WIG Laos has announced the Annual WIG Bazaar 2017 will be held on November 11 on the grounds of the Faculty of Engineering of the National University of Laos at Sokpaluang Road, Vientiane.
The bazaar is an all-day family-oriented event, an opportunity to meet and share with friends from across Vientiane, Laos and the international community, according to a statement from WIG Laos.
Representative of WIG Laos, Mrs Sarah Howley, said the Annual WIG Bazaar will be open from 10 am to 5 pm and approximately 200 stalls will display handicrafts from shops and social enterprises, as well as examples of aid and development projects from all over Laos.
Local businesses, NGOs, diplomatic missions and embassies will also lay out their wares.
WIG also hosts a very popular second-hand stall and offers freshly made cakes and savories.
There will also be live stage performances by school students, activity groups and entertainers from all corners of Vientiane. There will be a raffle with prizes donated by shops, hotels and businesses, and a special Children’s Corner offering fun and games for kids, young and old.
The Annual WIG Bazaar is sponsored by several entities, including the Embassy of Luxembourg, Salana Boutique Hotel, and Phu Bia Mining. The bazaar is also supported by the Faculty of Engineering of the National University of Laos.
To become a volunteer or to participate by purchasing a stall, people should come to JomaPhonthan (Joma2) on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the next two weeks. The price of a stall ranges from 800,000 kip to 1.6 million kip.
Mrs Howley said she expects 15,000 people to visit the event, the income from which will be used for education development at schools in Vientiane province and health development in northern and southern provinces. WIG Laos has held the WIG Bazaar for about 15 years.
WIG Laos, formerly the Women’s International Group, was founded in 1990 and is a voluntary group, administered and operated by its member on a voluntary basis.
The group welcomes men and women of all nationalities to join together in Vientiane for a variety of social, welfare and cultural activities.
The money raised from stall sales, WIG activities and donations will make up a vast majority of the funds available for the group’s welfare projects in education and health for next year.
Traditionally, these welfare projects have included subsidising transport or providing food and clothing for surgical patients in Vientiane and at provincial outreach clinics, providing materials to build school and other education initiatives.