Le Thi Trang, 48, a farmer in Ba Tien 1 Village in the Mekong Delta's Tien Giang province, has long dreamt of the day her family has a house without a leaky roof.

Her dream is now coming true because she is now the owner of a thriving herd of 11 goats.

"I'll sell one or two male goats when they grow bigger to get money for repairs," she said.

Trang's family has six members. Her husband and son are seasonal builders, her daughter is a secondary-school student, and her daughter-in-law just delivered a baby. The main income comes from her husband and son.

Last April, Trang’s family was listed among the poorest households in the village, so she was given a pregnant goat from a programme to ease poverty.

Her goats are worth about 32 million VND (1,400 USD), and the amount rises quickly as the animals get older.

In the last two years, Tran Thi Cuc, a poor householder from northern Thai Binh Province's Nam Thinh Commune, has learned how to grow a new type of rice to adapt to climate change. The productivity of the new type of rice is about 150 kilos per 360 sq.m, compared to about 50-60 kilos for the old types of rice.

The new rice is salt tolerant and better adapts to cold weather.

In the first year, Cuc's family made about five times more than in previous years and quickly escaped from poverty.

Trang and Cuc are among 51,000 people living in coastal communes in the provinces of Hai Phong, Thai Binh, Nam Dinh, Tra Vinh and Tien Giang, who have benefited from a three-year project funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The overall objective of the project is to increase the resilience of the most vulnerable people, especially women, living in coastal communes affected by climate change by helping to improve their livelihoods.

The project, named Partnership for equitable resilience to the impacts of climate change of the coastal communities in deltas of Vietnam, was run by Oxfam and the Centre for Marine-life Conservation and Community Development since the middle of 2012.

Nguyen Nhu Lien, head of Thai Binh Province's Agricultural Promotion Centre said the province was severely hit by climate change, threatening its crown as the "rice granary of the North".

In 2007, when the average temperature during winter-spring temperatures were 2.5 degrees Celsius higher than the previous years due to climate change, the total rice yield fell to one tonne per hectare.

In the spring of 2012, prolonged cold weather lasting for 39 days also caused a big loss to the provincial rice yield, he said.

Many local fields are also slowly becoming saline due to rising seas.

After pilot households were so successful with the new types of rice, the province multiplied the model widely, he said.

Le Kim Dung, associate Country Director of Oxfam in Vietnam, said that it would also continue working hard to support Vietnam coping with climate change in the future.-VNA