Only 1.24 percent Bac Lieu residents live in poverty

The southern province of Bac Lieu's poverty rate was down more than 14 percent from 15.5 percent.

Farmers in Bac Lieu province’s Vinh Loi commune. Bac Lieu has reduced its poverty rate significantly by taking a number of effective measures. Source:

According to VNS, Bac Lieu has enabled more than 28,000 households to escape poverty since 2016, thus reducing the poverty rate from 15.5 percent to 1.24 percent now. It now has only 2,776 poor households.

The poverty rate is expected to reduce further to 0.5 percent by the end of this year, said its Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.

In the last five years the province has invested more than 2.1 trillion VND (91.2 million USD) in poverty elimination efforts, and effectively implemented various policies, programmes and models to support poor households.

One of the models, which involves Party members and government workers helping poor households, has enabled many of them to escape poverty.

They built houses for poor households and issue health insurance cards for free to all poor and near-poor households and households in especially difficult communes.

They provide them with inputs for production and teach them production techniques, and introduce jobs.

The province has built nearly 5,000 houses for poor families since 2016. It has also focused on teaching poor people vocational skills and providing them with jobs, and carrying out advocacy activities to motivate them to escape poverty.

Nguyen Thi Mong Nghi of Phuoc Long District’s Phuoc Thọ Commune, who used to be poor, was given a soft loan worth 30 million VND (1,300 USD) to learn tailoring and open a tailor’s shop in her house.

She now earns around 6 million VND (260 USD) a month, which is well above the poverty threshold.

“To escape poverty, poor people have to be determined to do so and work hard. It is important to create their own jobs and have stable incomes, and use loans effectively,” Nghi shared.  

Houses and gifts given to poor Khmer households in Dong Hai district. Source:

Tran Thanh Tuan from Bac Lieu City’s Hiep Thanh Commune was supported by Luong Van Dau, a Party member and tax official in the city, with money to buy seedlings to plant in his family’s 3,000sq.m field and instructed his family farming techniques for growing the crop.

Dau also helped Tuan find a job.“Thanks to the support, my family has escaped poverty,” Tuan said.

Speaking at a recent seminar, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Vuong Phuong Nam said to implement the task of reducing poverty more effectively in future, poverty reduction programmes should be implemented more actively and responsibly by province officials.

The Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs in cooperation with other relevant agencies should identify detailed targets, measures and resources to implement the task of alleviating poverty, he added.

Tu Pham