In the North, two not-for-profit organizations
General assembly meetings are held in each country. Each member association is represented in the other country. General assembly meetings define, year by year, major policy options and assess the achievements on the basis of reports submitted by the Boards of Directors.
Board meetings take place in each country. Each member association is represented in the other country.
Boards of directors are elected by the general assemblies who elect the members from among their members, regardless of whether they are members or not of the staff. They have the broadest powers for the management and administration of the association. It is their responsibility to ensure the implementation of the general guidelines adopted by the general assembly meetings. They meet every two months.
President: Dominique Moorkens
Jean-Roger de Brandt
President : Laurence Villeneuve
Lindsey Nefesh Clarke
Loanna Becattini, COO
Yaël van den Hove, communication
In Cambodia like in Vietnam, we have helped our teams to set up local independent NGOs
Our greatest pride: Thien, Anh Duong, CAO are true local NGOs.
Each team has its own leadership, management and cadres. The managers of the different projects meet at least once a month (often by video) to review the programs, look for
improvements, discuss future plans, etc. Our priority is to strengthen their leadership and management so that they can not only lead their project -this they do beautifully, but they can become true social entrepreneurs, with a clear vision for their organization, short, medium and long term. Mekong Plus trains and coaches the cadres who manage already over 60% of the total funding.
STORY: LOAN CAN GET ANGRY
Loan meets with Mrs. Thương at her small market stall. She has been abused by her husband for years: he drinks and does not work. The children have left school to help their mother at the stall. The youngest, however, is still in college.
Thương: “I rent this place 70,000 đồngs / day (€ 3), and I make a profit of € 4 or 8 on my sales, it depends. Really I cannot manage.
Loan: “Do you have debts? I want to know is important. Do you have debts with any moneylender?
Thương is embarrassed and really seems hopeless; it’s her neighbor who interrupts:
“Of course and and a lot! Thương why you do not say it, tell them!
“Tens of millions … well almost 50 million (2000 €) admits Thương.
“And the interest? Loan demand.
“10%. Per month, says Thương.
Loan gets a little angry:
“But what, it has been years that we work with you, why you did say so sooner?
Thương: “Oh, what’s the point ? I can not pay and now the interest are added each month to the debt. “
Loan sees the moneylender lurking nearby. The situation is not good, he tries to avoid her; on the other hand he may wait patiently till Thương is forced to surrender her last piece of land to him or her house?
Loan has a solid experience and has already rescued a dozen women from moneylenders: she negotiates with the moneylender, Mekong Plus repays the principal in installments and the borrower shall repay Mekong Plus. The interests are converted into savings, once the debt is fully repaid the borrower gets the interests as well. (more for microcredit)
Loan: “It will be hard this time. This guy does not want to listen. I need to go to the People’s Committee, his high interests are illegal, we will force him to lower them!”
Loan is a strong woman. She raises her two daughters alone. She is also the project director of the Ham Thuan Nam project, with a good team of staff and village workers. She is adored by her team; she knows her project on the fingertips, and is a true leader.
Bernard Kervyn representing Vietnam and Cambodia