Mekong Quilts is non-profit organisation that specialises in high quality hand stitched bed covers. The organisation provides employment, training and benefits to women from rural Vietnam and Cambodia. Profits are reinvested into the community through its NGO, Mekong Plus. Quilt styles range from traditional to contemporary, using patchwork, piecing and various stitching techniques. The shops stock a wide selection of sizes and colours and provide a reasonably priced custom design service. Mekong Quilts has another location in HCMC called Mekong Creations, and one store in Hanoi.
Mekong Quilts was established in 2001 as an income generation project under the umbrella of parent NGO, Mekong Plus. Mekong Quilts employs women in communities northeast of Ho Chi Minh City and Long My in the Mekong Delta. Mekong Quilts also offers employment opportunities to Cambodian women via a similar project located in the village of Rumdoul, near the Vietnam/Cambodia border. Quilting is labour intensive and requires minimum investment; a perfect employment activity. HCMC-based dentist Thanh Truong recognised these qualities and through her passion for quilts, began the programme with just 35 women. The first quilts were sold in friends' homes. Today there are seven shops and over 340 women in full time employment. The quilters receive training, a fair wage and other benefits and work in a safe and comfortable environment.