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WIG – Who We Are and What We Do

Formerly the Women’s International Group, now WIG, we are a voluntary group of women and men of all nationalities, based in Vientiane, Lao PDR. WIG was founded in 1990 and currently has around 100 members.


big-tickCreates opportunities for people living in Lao PDR to meet and interact

– Coffee Mornings
– Social events
– Special interests—English conversation group, mah-jong, art club, etc.
– TGIF “Thank Goodness It’s Friday” get-togethers

big-tick Creates opportunities to learn about Lao history, culture and current affairs

– Cultural Studies Evenings

big-tick Raises funds for and supports projects benefiting Lao society

– Education
– Health


The WIG Bazaar is an annual event promoting the international community that is free and open to the public. The last bazaar in November 2016 attracted over 14,000 visitors.
Embassies, international organizations and local businesses are invited to set up booths to share information and sell products such as handicrafts and food. There are also stage performances, raffle with prizes, stalls selling baked goods and second-hand items, and a Children’s Corner.
The WIG bazaar is the main fundraising activity for WIG. All profits from the bazaar are allocated to WIG’s charitable activities, which help disadvantaged people access medical care and support the construction of schools.

To join WIG as a member, please email us at: wiglaosmembership@gmail.com; if you would like to get involved, contact Sarah at wig.laopdr@gmail.com

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