At a transaction point of Vietnam Bank for Social Policies (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam Bank for Social Policies (VBSP) reported that the bank has provided loans to over 31.8 million poor households and policy beneficiaries since 2002.

The funds helped nearly 4.5 million households escape from poverty, about 3.4 million labourers have jobs and 3.5 million students cover their study.

Capital from the bank has been used to build 9.9 million rural water supply and sanitation works, nearly 633,000 houses for the needy and over 11,000 storm shelters in the central region.

As of September 30, the VBSP’s total outstanding balance was 169 trillion VND (7.43 billion USD), 24 times higher than that in 2002 when the bank was established, with growth of 19.2 percent each year.

Thanks to credits, poverty ratio dropped to 4.25 percent in 2015 from 22 percent in 2005.

The bank’s capital by the end of September was 179 trillion VND (7.87 billion USD), 25 times higher than that in 2002, 15.6 percent of which was from the State budget.

Its overdue and charged-off debts fell to only 0.81 percent as of September 30.

The bank’s wide network and simple procedures have helped the poor access capital easily with low cost.

In the future, the VBSP aims to support all poor households and other needy customers nationwide, with a credit growth of 10 percent and overdue debts accounting for less than 2 percent.-VNA