Improving the Livelihood of vulnerable families in the Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta is the largest center of agricultural production in Vietnam. It is the main food basket ensuring food security of the whole country. However, it is also the home of about 1 million poor, small-holder farmers who are struggling day by day to make ends meet. For this reason, Heifer Vietnam has been focusing its resources to improve the livelihood and support the farmers to gain their self-reliance for many years. This project is the joint effort of Heifer Vietnam and four provinces of the Mekong Delta - Tra Vinh, Vinh Long, Kien Giang and Soc Trang - to continuously assist small-holder farmers to improve their livelihoods as well as create critical impact in those provinces. In addition, to achieve large scale critical impact, the local authorities will mobilize resources from local community members, government programs and financial institutions (government banks, micro-credit institutions…) to assist the targeted communities. Small-holder farmers are targeted in this project. Those interested in passing on the gifts and committed to take initiative in improving their livelihood and communities will be selected. Priority will be given to households led by women and those socially deprived and climate change affected. The project areas are the poorest communities in the four provinces.

Activities

The project aims to improve livelihoods of the target communities by building social capital and igniting the transformation process. It will focus on bringing people together, improving their capacity to enhance their livelihoods and facilitating them in the empowerment journey through making use of their available resources as well as leveraging external resources to increase income, improve the environment and empower women. Project members will join in Self-help groups (SHGs), run their group savings and micro-finance, have needs-based trainings, and develop their own community visions. This project will assist 1,650 original families, including 1,500 original intensive-intervention families who receive both physical inputs (i.e. one heifer and VND 1,000,000 each for constructing an animal barn, grass seed, vaccines, or environmental equipment [biogas, vermiculture, manure compost, etc.]) and trainings; and another 150 original families who will receive only needs-based trainings. Trainings will cover both technical and non-technical issues such as livestock management, crop production and management, small enterprise development and management, climate change, environmental improvement, nutrition improvement, HIV/AIDS, Cornerstones, VBHCD, PSRP, etc.)

Locations

  • Vietnam>Vinh Long
  • Vietnam>Tra Vinh
  • Vietnam>Soc Trang
  • Vietnam>Kien Giang

Sectors

  • Agriculture

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