The China-Aided China-Laos Poverty Reduction Cooperation Pilot Project in Laos was implemented in Ban Xor Village, Sangthong District, Vientiane Municipality and Xienglorm Village, Luang Prabang city of Laos from September 2017 to 2020. Built 4.16km asphalt roads in the village, 2 drinking water supply projects (covering 2891 people in 624 households), 1 steel truss bridge, 1 culvert in the production area, 2 village activity centres, 2 village clinics, 4 school dormitories, 2 school playgrounds, 2 school toilets, 22 solar street lamps and 2 weaving exhibition halls. Donated 2 batches of teaching equipment to the two village schools. Guided the two project villages to establish self-management organizations, cultivated 9 villagers' cooperative organizations, supported 176 demonstration households, raised 140 cattle, raised 4800 chickens, planted 9 greenhouse vegetables, 47 hectares of open-air vegetables, 40 hectares of corn, 40 households of weaving and 9 rural guest houses. Carried out 35 practical technical trainings and 826 villagers participated in the training. Organized 7 project management trainings and 248 project officers and villagers participated. Carried out 3 training sessions and 2 "friendly village" exchange visits in China with 61 participants from Laos.
The project has achieved obvious social, environmental and economic benefits, greatly improved the local infrastructure and public service facilities, solved the problems of difficult traffic and water use of the villagers in the project village, made it more convenient for the people to seek medical treatment, improved the school education conditions, beautified the village environment, enriched the people's spiritual and cultural life and broadened the vision of development. It has improved the self-management ability and sustainable development ability of villages and farmers, built diversified ways to increase income for project villages, especially poor households, and activated the endogenous driving force of villagers to get rid of poverty. After the construction of roads and solar street lamps in the village, various convenience stores and snack bars began to open at night. The proportion of poor households in the project village decreased from 52% in 2017 to 25% in 2020.