The Mekong Delta City of Can Tho will strive to bring the household poverty rate down to 1.84 percent in 2015, which means around 5,660 local households will escape poverty.

At a year-end conference reviewing poverty reduction efforts in 2014, Vice Director of Can Tho’s Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thanh Vung said the city will provide preferential loans for over 19,000 poor households to expand production and generate income.

In addition, 1,000 poor households will be provided with breeding animals worth 1.3 billion VND (62,000 USD), while nearly 8,700 needy households will receive subsidy for electricity use.

The city will also try to raise donations to build 600 houses for needy households.

In 2014, Can Tho reduced its household poverty rate by 1.11 percent by providing 469 billion VND ( 22.3 million USD) in credit for 36,350 poor households and beneficiaries of social welfare.-VNA