Empowering Ethnic Minority Students Through Social Entrepreneurship (Part 2)
After the first three weekends learning about social entrepreneurship, start-ups, making business plans, public speaking, and
gender, the students entered the third component of BLV’s training program. This consists of a ten-day workshop learning how to
make handmade quilling artwork. The students were all very excited about this third training component that would help them to
be able to make beautiful gifts for their friends and family. Some of the students who are skillful enough, will have a chance to join
the quilling handmade production chain of Coeurs De Papier, our sister organization, which helps to fundraise for our non-profit
organization, Better Life Vietnam.
In the first part of the training, the students were introduced to the Quilling techniques, the tools required to create the beautiful handmade artworks, what quilling artwork can be used for, and job opportunities as well as estimation of income working in this industry.
After learning all the basic quilling techniques, the students were taught simple samples of greeting cards to work on. The trainer chose a more complicated and difficult sample each week, to challenge the students. Some students chose to be creative and create their own patterns. Others looked for samples on the internet to inspire them.