Preferential loans provided for households escaping poverty hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Source: VNA)

More than 30,000 low-income families were given access to preferential loans worth 1.06 trillion VND (48 million USD) after a month spent implementing a decision by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.

The decision created a credit policy to help households escape poverty, said the Vietnam Bank for Social Policies (VBSP), which is financially in charge of the loans.

Large amounts of preferential loans were given out in the central province of Thanh Hoa – 96.3 billion VND (4.3 million USD). Can Tho in the south saw 50 billion VND (2.25 million USD), the central highlands province of Lam Dong saw 47.4 billion VND (2.1 million USD) and the central highlands province of Dak Lak got 29.5 billion VND (1.3 million USD).

Other localities have continued carrying out the loan programme in October.

Under the decision, which took effect on September 5, households escaping poverty are eligible to borrow a maximum amount of 50 million VND (2,250 USD) from VBSP with a yearly preferential interest rate of 8.25 percent for five years to develop production and business.

The credit programme creates favourable conditions for the borrowers, due to its simple borrowing procedures and no mortgage requirements.-VNA