|In the past two years the province Women's Union has helped 27,797 poor women get loans on easy terms to do business. — Photo vbsp.org.vn
HCM CITY (VNS) — The Vinh Long Province Women's Union has helped thousands of women escape poverty in recent years by providing them with vocational training and helping them set up businesses among other efforts.
The union has at all levels established many production models for cultivating mushrooms, making handicrafts, and sewing for women.
Making acupuncture needles in Mang Thit District's Long My Commune, a business established by the commune Women's Union, for instance, provides jobs for about 300 women with an average monthly income of VND2 million (US$95).
Under the model, women can work either part-time or full-time.
Le Thi Minh Tuyet, 50, of Long Khanh Hamlet said she has been making the needles part-time for four years and earned VND30,000-50,000 a day.
"My family breeds livestock for a living. When I am free I do this job and earn extra money for my children's studies."
Ngo Nguyen Hien Nhi, chairwoman of the Long My Women's Union, said the business enables women to have stable incomes and thus helps reduce poverty.
In the past two years the province Women's Union has helped 27,797 poor women get loans on easy terms to do business.
Women's unions at the grass-roots levels have, in co-operation with vocational training centres, taught more than 6,270 women vocational skills like making handicrafts and sewing for this year. Of them, 5,800 have stable jobs, according to the Women's Union.
They have also informed 17,313 women about job vacancies.
Nguyen Thi Minh Hanh, chairwoman of the province Women's Union, said all the women who got the loans are doing business efficiently.
The union targets each district creating 1,200-2,000 jobs for women every year, she said.
In the first six months of this year the province has seen 2,505 households, 874 of them headed by women, escape poverty, she said.
The poverty rate has fallen from 7.9 per cent in 2011 to 4.57 per cent, according to the province People's Committee. — VNS