“Industry for Sustainable Job in Three Southern-Border Provinces” Project or Hand in Hand is initiated by the Department of Industrial Promotion, Ministry of Industry, which is an organization that has mission to construct and promote economic strengthening and distribute prosperity to different areas. This support leads to medium-sized industry or community enterprise with target area in 3 communities including Rue Soh Ditrict, Narathiwat Province, Raman District, Yala Province and Khok Pho District, Pattani Province.
In 2009, Hand in Hand Project commenced in the pilot area of Rue Soh District, Narathiwat Province, and it was established as Hand in Hand Rue Soh Community Enterprise. At first, it was operated and managed by a private sector under the concept of marketing leading production. However, its management came with marketing issues making two private sectors to withdraw from this enterprise.
From a lesson learned of management failure of the private sector, the project adjusted and reformed the concepts leading to operations by community, for community and owned by community. Hand in Hand Rue Soh Community Enterprise was established in 2014, and it operates a business of producing clothes by starting from Rue Soh District, Sri Sakorn District and neighborhood that finally, it can expand the business and marketing for more employment. At present, there are 98 personnel to create works and income and bring happiness to people.
The main goal of Hand in Hand Rue Soh Community Enterprise is to create works and be a center for skill development for people. Recently, the Ministry of Industry plans to arrange a project for enhancing efficiency of Hand in Hand Rue Soh Factory to have globally accepted standard quality and drive Hand in Hand Rue Soh Factory to be a learning center about community economy and a tourist attraction in them future.
An undeniable problem is unrest in the southern-border area that has been continued for 15 years and it affects everything in the area. Hand in Hand Rue Soh Community Enterprise thus follows the plan to enhance product effectiveness, develop potentials and skills in the entire system to meet the need of labor market and occupation. This is to boost up economy and create jobs in the southern-border provinces for people to have a sustainable job with stable income and work near their home. Additionally, Hand in Hand Rue Soh has a goal to return a favor to the society and different sectors for helping people to have a job. Some parts of money are spent to arrange an activity to raise fund for helping and doing creative activities in the society for many projects to share benefits to the southern-border society.