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“Amazing day and for a good cause”

Bloom Microventures
Ranked #30 of 89 Sights & Landmarks in Hanoi
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Owner description: Bloom Microventures is a non-profit social business (registered UK charity) providing microcredit to entrepreneurs living below the poverty line in developing countries using a unique model that harnesses the power of responsible tourism with microcredit to alleviate poverty.Bloom Microventures offers unique and authentic day tours to the rural countryside of Soc Son, just 40km north of Hanoi, that give you a chance to explore a side of Vietnam very few tourists will ever experience while making a major difference to the lives of local Vietnamese farmers. The tour will include actively engaging in and learning about community development by providing a microloan to a woman we are going to meet, a traditional lunch and a selection of the following activities: learning about and even trying rice and tomato farming, a bicycle ride through the countryside, a walk through the beautiful forests, trying your hand at traditional fishing, visiting the location of a mystical historical legend and exploring a temple complex!
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

The day trip is well worth doing if you are interested in seeing what village life is like for the average Vietnamese family and you feel great knowing some of your tour money is going directly to help one family improve their life. We met the recipient of our loan and got to see around her village and the lunch provided by the village is delicious!
Our tour guide Loan is an amazing lady who clearly believes in what Bloom are trying to achieve and the emphasis is on helping and supporting those ladies who are motivated to improve their family's situation.
A lovely change from the high-volume commercialised tourism in Hanoi.

Thank TraceyC1978
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Reviewed December 7, 2013

We started out early in the morning from Hanoi to Hao Binh and it took about 2 hours. The scenery as you arrive in Hao Bihn is amazing. First stop we visited Mrs Ha who was getting the loan she invited me into her home and gave openly showed me around her property and explained her plan to purchase 50 chickens. (I have since received an update from Bloom updating the status on her loan and a photo - which is great to stay in touch). Later we did a village tour which involved dropping in to locals for tea and a chat and later lunch with the Head of the Village. we went to the fields to understand the farming and spoke to locals and I even had a try at basket weaving.
We also visited a local initiative where women make brooms in their free time and in the afternoon I visited the local hospital where they were doing a blood testing drive,

Miss Ly who came with me and translated was very pleasant and is totally dedicated to this cause. She knew all the locals in the village and gave a great insight into daily life.

All in all a great insight into rural life and definitely worth the trip for anyone interested in how the locals live, but also helping them at the same time.

2  Thank Irishgrace
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Reviewed November 14, 2013

It's difficult when on a short trip to a new place to make the kind of human connections that make a travel truly meaningful but that's what happened to us on our trip with Bloom Micro Ventures. The organization combines tourism with micro finance. Our contribution of $100 provided seed money for a rural woman to purchase four piglets. In exchange we had the opportunity to meet the recipient and her family, eat lunch at the home of the community leader, try our hand at weaving shrimp baskets, and visit a local broom factory--none of which sound all that exciting but which, taken together, presented us with a glimpse of what life is like in rural Viet Nam. I can't explain why, but when I left that village there were tears in my eyes. And when I said goodbye in Hanoi to the incredible young women who were our guides, the tears welled up yet again. This trip provides a rare opportunity to give, and get far more back in the process.

3  Thank Elizabeth W
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

We had a chance to better understand village life from a first hand experience with this unique micro-lending non profit tourism enterprise. Search the impact of micro lending in develops countries and you will find how this concept is changing lives. We stumbled on the group on TA and thought it would be a great opportunity to see small town life close up, and it was. $100 of our fee will be leant to Mrs. Xanh to buy pigs to raise. This empowers women, helps build family financial stability, and builds solid self esteem that everyone in the village is aware of. It was really interesting to tea with the family, having lunch with the women's union organizer and meeting the village leader. It's a very different life than we lead in Los Angeles, but the common values of family love and trust are the same. Spending time at the school was cool too. Use your tourism in a way that makes a difference.

Thank TokyTravel
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

We took a private tour as I wasn't sure how this would work out for children aged 10 and 11 but I needn't have worried. It was the most memorable day we had in Vietnam and we saw a whole side of life in a rural area we would never have seen otherwise. We visited a school where the children sat in class with kids their own age and asked each other questions about their favourite subjects etc. All of this was translated by our wonderful guide. We visited a lady who was getting a loan to buy piglets and she showed the children how to plant rice in her paddy field and made tea for us in her house. We had lunch in the home of the president of the woman's cooperative and visited there to see the woman making brooms. The children dug bait and went fishing in a river. What an educational and worthwhile day. Fantastic.

Thank hobBelfast
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