The shop was launched by Tri Ton district’s sponsoringassociation for people with disabilities, orphans and poor patients, whose aimis to reduce poverty in a sustainable manner.
Open daily, the shop is located in Nui To communeat the Nguyen Trai -Nam Ky Khoi Nghia junction.
The association is active in the nationalprogramme to build “new rural areas” and “civilised urban areas”.
Pham Tan Duc, deputy chairman of theassociation, said the idea for the shop came from Men Pholly, secretary of thedistrict’s Party Committee.
All donations are from individuals andcharitable organisations both inside and outside the district.
The shop has collected about seven tonnesof clothes and more than 40 million VND (1,760 USD) in cashdonations since its opening on February 15.
Each customer is allowed no more than four itemsof clothing per visit, but can return a few weeks later to selectmore.
For other items such as televisions, bicycles,washing machines, electric fans and gas stoves, people in need must registerwith the shop’s managers, who give priority to the poorest.
Volunteers deliver the items to people’s homesand help set up TVs or other devices.
The shop’s management board and its manyvolunteers operate the shop. After receiving the donations, volunteers cleanand arrange the goods in separate areas at the shop.
About 20-30 people visit the shop daily tochoose items of clothing.
Le Van Luong, 63, a local resident, said: “Theshop has many essential items and most of them seem new. Some of the clothesare old, but they bring more spiritual value than material value.”
To maintain long-term operations, Duc said heresearched various donation models that offer free clothing and other goods.
“We plan to use trucks to transport goods, sortof like a mini shop, that will go through the district two to threetimes a week to deliver donated items to people in need,” he said.
He said he hoped the shop would receive supportfrom donors nationwide.
An Giang province has many ethnic groups,including Hoa, Khmer and Cham, who follow different religions such as Buddhism,Hoa Hao, Cao Dai, Catholicism and Protestantism.
According to the latest figures from theMinistry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, the province in 2015 had 45,789poor households, or 8.45 per cent of the population.
Tri Ton district had 7,315 poor households, thehighest number of any district.
The province, which targets reducing thehousehold poverty rate by 1-1.5 per cent this year, and hopes to also limitrelapses into poverty.-VNA
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