THEY BUILD BRIDGES.
When the villagers take things in hand, development takes place fast. If there is no bridge and the children cannot go to school? People meet, put together the resources they may gather: wealthier people pay a contribution, others provide free labor.
Mekong Plus invests usually in people rather than in brick and mortar! But the villagers insisted and their demand was urgent: they offered to cover 2 / 3-3 / 4 of the costs!
Looking back, the villagers were right! Mekong Plus has helped build 255 bridges and 165 km of concrete paths.
Typically the Mekong Plus contribution to a small bridge is 600 Euros; once constructed we observe 500-1000 motorcycles use them every day. Indeed a good investment for the village!