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|VBSP lends local people at a communal transaction point|
In the past years, VBSP has made non-stop efforts to join efforts with relevant ministries and sectors in consulting with the Party and the government, striving to gradually perfect credit policies towards needy people and policy beneficiaries.
Let us take the case of Ha Xao Xuyen (62) from the Muong ethnic minority group in Nhoi hamlet, Long Coc commune, Tan Son district in the northern province of Phu Tho, 80km from Hanoi.
In the past, Xuyen's family of six was struggling to get by as they only had a quarter-hectare field for farming. Although they were very diligent in farming, they could only cover about nine months of the year, and in the remaining three months life was extremely hard for them, partly because their area was often hit by floods.
In the previous years, local lending groups had often visited their home offering them loans, but Xuyen's wife was too cautious to borrow. It was not until 2010 when their children grew up that they decided to take out an initial loan of VND30 million ($1,300) to buy a pair of buffalos to breed.
Five years later, they sold some buffalos to pay off debts. At the time, their family upgraded their house and gradually rose out of chronic poverty.
In 2015, they took up another VND30 million from the bank to grow tea on nearly one hectare. Recently, the family has invested in raising honey bees and collected 40 litres of honey from the first batch.
Their one-hectare tea field is also on the roll now with an annual output of eight tonnes and they also take care of four buffalos.
Credit flows have gradually infiltrated the life of the community like in the case of Xuyen’s family, helping to dispel the difficulties of local households.
Tan Son district in Phu Tho province, where Xuyen’s family is living, consists of 17 communes, six of which (81,700 people) are facing especially difficult living conditions. Ethnic minority groups account for 82.3 per cent, mainly belonging to the Muong, Dao and H’Mong ethnicities.
|The Vietnam Bank for Social Policies (VBSP)’s Phu Tho branch has thus far given more than VND304 billion ($13.2 million) in total lending revenue to 9,120 borrowers.|
VBSP’s Phu Tho branch has thus far given more than VND304 billion ($13.2 million) in total lending revenue to 9,120 borrowers.
Since 2016, VBSP’s policy credit sources have helped around 2,000 local households to escape poverty, eradicating over 240 makeshift houses, and supporting over 300 pupils and students living in poverty to continue their studies.
Leveraging the timely loans, nearly 1,300 hygienic water and rural environmental sanitation facilities were built, and more than 500 labourers from poor households and local ethnic minority groups could go to work abroad.
This has contributed to driving down the rate of needy households in Tan Son district to 17.6 per cent in 2018 from as high as 26.38 per cent in 2016, lifting Tan Son out of the list of 61 poor districts in the country. Notably, one commune in the district was recognised as meeting new rural standards last year.
|Policy credit helps people in remote areas and ethnic minority groups stabilise their lives|
To boost credit sources’ efficiency, VBSP wants localities, the Fatherland Front branches, and relevant collective organisations and business associations to more effectively carry out Directive No.40-CT/TW of the Secretariat and Decision No.401/QD-TTg dated March 14, 2016 of the prime minister on strengthening Party leadership on policy credit.
VBSP has required ministries and sectors to ensure sufficient budget sources to implement policy credit programmes. This also covers the allocation of state budget capital serving the approved mid-term investment plan in 2016-2020 for VBSP.
Together with many other localities, VBSP has proposed the government, ministries, and sectors to allot sufficient resources to ensure the programme’s effective implementation when introducing policy credit-related policies and mechanisms.
Simultaneously, VBSP also seeks approval from the central government to raise the limit of bond issuance with government guarantee that is aligned with the prime minister’s assigned credit growth target.
This is aiming at supplementing capital sources to conduct policy credit programmes of longer terms.
VBSP also proposes the government to seek permission from the National Assembly to set aside a sum deducted from the central budget for the implementation of the master plan for investment development of ethnic minority groups and mountainous areas, as well as areas with especially difficult conditions for socio-economic development. This includes a separate part about policy credit sources earmarked for development of ethnic minority groups.
“The policies tailored to needy households, people from ethnic minority groups, and other policy beneficiaries will target specific beneficiary groups with more concrete support in terms of lending limit, loan duration, and interest rate level that meet actual development requirements,” Thang suggested.