Phan Van Do's determination drives MQI's projects

November 2020
Covid has created a particularly unique moment in our world’s history. This worldwide pandemic has had a profound impact on every country in the world including Vietnam. However, because the VIetnamese government acted quickly and decisevely to contain the virus, there were less than 400 cases of Covid infection and no deaths.

While quarantined in Saigon, Do was not idle. He was in regular communication with our partners in Quang Ngai province-the Women’s Union, the Vietnamese Association for the victims of Agent Orange, the Red Cross, the Farmer’s Union and Mr. Thuan, our well driller. Do suggested to the Women’s Union, on behalf of MQI, that they waive the monthly interest rates for the women receiving loans to provide some economic relief for these poor women. The Women’s Union enthusiastically agreed.
While Covid added a new dimension to the hardships of facilitating our projects in Vietnam, other existing hardships have, for years, made Do’s work difficult and sometimes dangerous.
Read more about our recent work in the June 2020 letter.

Our Success in Vietnam
What makes these Wisconsin-based projects in Vietnam unique is the collaboration with the people in the communities they serve. The objectives of these projects go beyond economic aid. These projects empower women, provide a more secure livelihood to impoverished families, encourage community involvement, and increase the self-confidence of the people receiving assistance. Most importantly, these projects give people hope. Beginning with the My Lai Loan Fund established in 1993, Madison Quakers, Inc. has initiated projects in over 30 villages, including: - micro-credit loans - building of 4 elementary schools - building new homes for families living in extreme poverty - drilling wells to bring water to villages We realize the Vietnamese people know their needs. All projects are initiated and proceed with collaboration by Vietnamese organizations, and are administered by the Vietnamese authorities with oversight by MQI Project Coordinators.

June 2020 letter.pdf

November2019_letter.pdf

June2019_letter.pdf

Women from Binh My village who received small business loans in 2019

Do's determination and perseverance continues to drive MQI's projects.

While Covid added a new dimension to the hardships of facilitating our projects in Vietnam, other existing hardships have, for years, made Do’s work difficult and sometimes dangerous. While traveling in Quang Ngai this year he traveled by motorbike in heat well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. He and our other partners were forced to seek shelter from the heat before continuing.