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District achieves no poor households 3 years early

Update: January, 24/2018 - 07:00
Nguyễn Thị Thu, deputy chairwoman of the HCM City’s People’s Committee, recognised District 6 for achieving the goal of no longer having poor households. — Photo
Viet Nam News

HCM CITY — HCM City’s District 6 is the first in the city to no longer have households under the poverty line, achieving the target three years ahead of schedule.

According to the city standard, a poor household has an average income below VNĐ21 million (US$925) per year per person, and a near-poor household has an average income of VNĐ21 million-28 million ($1,233) per year per person.

Early last year, District 6 had 660 poor households with 3,541 people, accounting for 1.13 per cent of total households in the district, and 2,700 near-poor households.

Nguyễn Thị Thu, deputy chairwoman of the People’s Committee of HCM City, praised the district’s achievements in poverty reduction.

The district’s fund for poverty reduction provided a loans totalling VNĐ35 billion ($1,541) to more than 1,200 poor and near-poor households last year.

It awarded 5,200 scholarships worth over VNĐ5.1 billion ($224,591) to students, including more than 3,600 who live in difficult circumstances, and provided vocational training to 116 children living in poor and near-poor households.

Thu urged the district to continue to support policies for people living under difficult circumstances and ensure that poverty reduction is sustainable. — VNS

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