Mrs Dalyvanh Sitpraxay was one of nine Lao businesswomen who received the Outstanding Asean Women Entrepreneurs Award (AWEN) 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand, recently.
She was nominated for the award by the Lao Business Women’s Association in recognition of her two products – biological fertiliser and organic rice.
She said she was very happy and proud to have won the award because it was honourable, important and meaningful for herself, Lao women nationwide, and her country.
The award ceremony took place at the Department of Social Development and Welfare in Bangkok on May 10, where almost 100 nominated businesswomen from Asean countries including Laos and Mrs Dalyvanh were presented with a trophy and certificate.
All of the awardees were very happy and proud to be on this important regional stage. They particularly valued the ceremony because it honoured women’s empowerment in business and strengthened networks.
Mrs Dalyvanh with her trophy.
Mrs Dalyvanh said “At the event I met many businesswomen from other Asean countries. We made friends, discussed our experience in business operations and introduced ourselves, our business and products to each other. I enjoyed it very much.”
“It’s a very special and important and valuable stage and title for all Asean women particularly Lao women because it promotes Laos and its women’s qualifications, abilities and talents to people from other Asean countries and around the world. Awardees from many countries asked me about Laos because they didn’t know much about our country. I used the occasion to promote our country and I’m very happy about it.”
Mrs Dalyvanh is the President/CEO of Phool-NgeunTrading Export-Import Sole, Ltd. in Vientiane.
Her company makes a biological fertiliser and grows organic rice.
Receiving the title doesn’t necessarily mean that all the awardees are successful in their business but it honours their vision, effort and diligence in working towards success.
Mrs Dalyvanh said she was one of the awardees who were not yet successful in their business, because her products are still new on the market. But she has a strong vision, and has worked hard to invent her own formulas and to make high quality products.
She has been in business for a long time and has tried her hand at various fields including handicrafts and agricultural products.
She started out in 1998 by opening a store selling handicrafts and expanded her business in 2003 when she began to make her own biological fertiliser.
When she was satisfied with the formula she had created, she firstly started to test the fertiliser on her own rice field. She found that it worked well and she got good results from the rice crop.
She continued to use it for some time to make sure it was really effective before further improving the mix of ingredients and then going public with it.
She said her interest in agricultural products, nature and land protection inspired her to make the fertiliser, while the importance of healthcare also encouraged her to grow clean and organic rice which she felt sure would be a success with consumers.
“I decided to make the fertiliser because I was concerned about how the soil and the environment was being damaged by the daily use of chemical fertiliser. I wanted to contribute to the protection of the soil and the environment. I also wanted people to be able to eat clean and organic rice and other foods. So I worked on making products that were friendly to nature and the environment as well as being healthy.”
“I would like the land to remain uncontaminated for as long as possible, so I wanted to make a biological fertiliser. My product’s logo is “Golden Champa” and it’s friendly for users, farmers, gardens and the land. This fertiliser is an important food source for land; it enables the soil to stay naturally healthy and maintain its nutritional make-up for a long time. It ensures that soil stays healthy, and can restore essential nutrients to soil that has been degraded by chemicals.”
“My contribution on a world scale is small, but I felt I must do something to help protect nature, the environment and the soil. Fortunately, my passion has become reality and I’m very happy about it.”
“In addition, my vision to protect nature, environment and the land by using biological fertiliser is in line with the vision of our government and the world. So it’s very important and meaningful for me. My fertiliser can be used in the cultivation of rice and all crops, and produces good yields. Many sectors and people agree with my ideas and have congratulated me on my vision and products. I would like to ask everyone to realise the importance of nature and environmental protection and to work together on this matter. I also would like to ask agriculturists and farmers to use my fertiliser and everyone to eat my clean or organic rice.”
Mrs Dalyvanh is an active lady who sets a good example to others, particularly young women, with her diligence and patience in working in many fields and taking on many tasks. She has certainly achieved a great deal so far.
Besides being the director of Phool-Ngeun Trading Export-Import Sole, Ltd., she is a freelance writer and a director of the Dokketh Printing Press.
She was born on January 26, 1959, in Nongbone village, Xaysettha district, Vientiane.
She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Literature from the State University of Varonesh, Russia, in 1983.
From 1983-90, she worked at the National Literature Research Institute, as a journalist and an editor of Vannasinh Magazine (a monthly publication on Lao literature), the National Radio and the Fine Arts Department of the Ministry of Information and Culture (as it was named at that time).
She loves writing and has written stories and poems since she was young. She has had many of her short stories published in newspapers and magazines.
Mrs Dalyvanh was one of two Lao winners of the Mekong River Literature Award in 2017. She won in the short story category with a piece titled “Paynamhaphor” or “Looking For Father”.
The Asean Women Entrepreneurs Award is an initiative of women’s organisations in the 10 Asean countries to create private sector networks by the Asean Committee on Women.
The group established the award to honour outstanding entrepreneurs who champion fair, gender-sensitive labour practices for women and have made an impact in society through their commitment, vision, and leadership.
According to the Lao Business Women’s Association, the first eight outstanding Lao women entrepreneurs received the AWEN award in 2016 and three women received the award in 2017, who were joined by this year’s nine awardees including Mrs Dalyvanh.
Phool-NgeunTrading Export-Import Sole, Ltd. produces biological fertiliser and runs an organic farm managed by Mrs Dalyvanh, “a woman with a million hearts” who loves Laos’ fertile land and wants it to be preserved.
The company exhibited its products at the recent Intellectual Property Fair in Vientiane where they attracted a lot of attention and proved popular with shoppers.
The biological fertiliser, called Champa Kham or Golden Champa, and the organic rice named Phool Ngeun, are becoming increasingly popular. They are on sale at markets, mini-markets, and M-Point Mart outlets around the country. Customers interested in these products can call 020 58881666 or visit the company’s Facebook page.
– One man’s passion for handicrafts inspires a new generation of artisans
Mr Tarreboun Rattanavong loves collecting and preserving handmade bamboo and rattan items that are commnly used for household purposes.. More >>>
– Singer Phetdavone’s star shines bright in Laos
After winning a recent television singing contest in Thailand, Ms Phetdavone Khammanivong has changed dramatically and has received many offers in Laos to showcase her skills and talents.. More >>>
– Blind stool maker crafts his own determined path through life
While life has a way of throwing up all sorts of challenges for us in the pursuit of our dreams, perhaps the best test of character is how we deal with any misfortunes which befall us. . More >>>
– Don’t think that making a khaen is easy
Some people think it must be quite easy to make a khaen, the simple looking traditional Lao musical instrument. In reality, it isn’t easy at all and the instrument can only be made by experts.. More >>>
– Garbage collector reveals job’s dirty secrets
Most of us put on a jacket when it’s cold, especially when we’re leaving home in the early morning, but this man’s jacket zip is open because his work soon makes him hot.
All of his clothes are dirty, from his shoes up to his hat. And even though he’s standing in a truck full of filthy garbage, he often doesn’t bother to wear a mask as he is all too familiar with the fetid smell around him.. More >>>
– Lao historian turns the pages of time
Lao historian and writer Khamphao Phonekeo says he won’t be writing any more books because he’s now 84 and feels he has just about exhausted most aspects of Lao history, as well as his energy for such projects.. More >>>
– Singaporean dancer passes on ballet skills to Lao students
To promote ballet in Laos a Singaporean expert in the field has devoted the best part of three years passing on the finer techniques of the elegant art form to eager young dancers. . More >>>
– Japanese midwife embarks on a new life at Lao hospital
The mortality rate of children under the age of five in Laos is unacceptably high, so I thought that if I could play a part in lowering the rate I would be very glad to do so, said Japanese midwife Ms Haruka Miyabayashi, who now works at a Lao hospital.. More >>>
– Sirina Sisombat-Hervy is proud winner of Asean Business Award
Long before she won the 2017 Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the Asean Business Awards (ABA), Ms Sirina Sisombat-Hervy had emerged as a confident role model for other women across Laos. . More >>>
– Government guarantees gender equality through quota system
To mark the 108th International Women’s Day on March 8, I, Malayvieng Sakonhninhom, the wife of the Lao Ambassador to India, congratulate the Lao Women’s Union. . More >>>
– From veggie vendor to tourism developer
“A tough life and poverty were the special medicines behind my achievements in providing a better life for my family today,” says Vanna Sengphachanh, who built up a successful venture providing leisure activities for tourists despite not having any formal business education. . More >>>
– Lao director to showcase film in New York
After creating a buzz in Laos with his productions, filmmaker Xaisongkham Induangchanthy is preparing to promote his movie “Raising A Beast” at the Tribeca Film Festival to be held in New York during April 18-29. . More >>>
– Renowned artist inspired by Lao lifestyle
When it comes to artistic talent in depicting landscapes, the lifestyle of ethnic groups, festivals, and Lao culture, Mr May Chandavong is considered to be among the top 10 artists turning out paintings for an appreciative audience.. More >>>
– Lao teacher wins coveted Princess Maha Chakri Award
Her achievements in relation to hygiene, green spaces, and high learning and teaching standards in Laos led to the Principal of Thongkang Primary School, Ms Khounvilay Khenkitisack, being presented with a Princess Maha Chakri Award in Bangkok, Thailand. . More >>>
– Painter’s creations portray Lao lifestyle
He sits on a red stool with his right hand dexterously painting the figures of two women dressed in traditional costume.. More >>>
– Hotel executives wow bosses with professionalism
Mr Peter Nammavong Oudom and Mr Tristan Raclet have proved that professionalism and commitment are more than enough to win over the hearts of customers, colleagues and bosses.. More >>>
– Lao song praising One Belt, One Road strikes a chord with President Xi
The Lao composer of a song hailing China’s One Belt, One Road initiative, titled Pheng Yidaiyilu, never imagined his lyrical composition would become famous in China. But so great was its popularity that it reached the ears of President Xi Jinping.. More >>>
– Lowly soldier becomes prominent businessman
Working hard to overcome difficulties was the well of strength that enabled a Second Lieutenant to become a businessman and eventually a millionaire in Khammuan province.. More >>>
– Returnee determined to keep Savannakhet rubbish free
An American of Lao orgin who moved to the US with his family at the age of seven has since returned and carved out a successful business in the collection and disposal of garbage in Savannakhet province.. More >>>
– Ms Vandaly proud of winning Young Asean Insurance Manager Award
Ms Vandaly Souvannasouck is very proud to have won the Young Asean Insurance Manager Award (YAMA) for this year, especially since she is the first Lao person to bag the title.. More >>>
– Lao reporter honoured with Hemmaraj Award in Bangkok
A journalist from Laos’ Lao Economic Daily, Mr Somsavine Vongsisouphan, has been honoured for his outstanding efforts in the media during the Hemmaraj Award in Thailand last week.. More >>>
– Learning from life, times of President Kaysone Phomvihane
Commemorating the 97th anniversary of the birth ofPresident Kaysone Phomvihane (1920-1992).
Though he passed away more than two decades ago, President Kaysone Phomvihane’s drive for revolutionary outcomes and resolute decency still burns bright as an example for multiple generations of Lao people today.. More >>>
– Hard work, thriftiness – jewellery entrepreneur’s secrets of success
One of the country’s top jewellery shop owners, Mr Phouvong Phamisith, certainly believes in the merits of hard work and saving having often put in 15 hours a day to earn a living.. More >>>
– Japanese volunteer enjoys stay in Xekong helping mothers, women
Wearing the traditional Lao skirt called sinh, Yoshiko Kawaguchi, a 29-year-old health volunteer from Japan, has charmed her way into the hearts of local women.. More >>>
By Times Reporters / (Latest Update May 29, 2018)