The Vietnam Bank for Industry and Trade (Vietinbank) on December 25 handed over seven houses worth 350 million VND (16,450 USD) to poor ethnic households in Meo Vac district, the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang.

Since 2009, the bank has provided over 250 billion VND (11,750,000 USD) to poor localities in the province in implementing government’s poverty reduction and social welfare programmes.

The money was used to build houses, schools and safe water reservoirs in the locality.

Through its assistance, the bank also helped upgrade the Lung Cu flag tower in Dong Van district and presented cattle to poor families and ambulances to hospitals in the province, contributing to promoting socio-economic development and reducing poverty in Ha Giang.

On the occasion, the bank’s branch in Ha Giang also gave cows for poor households in Quan Ba district, helping them develop their production and increasing income.-VNA