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Officials look to microcredits to buoy poor coastal regions

Posted by Página do Microcrédito em 12 julho, 2007

HA NOI — The Centre for Marinelife Conservation and Community Development (MCD) hosts a national workshop on ‘Microcredit and Sustainable Livelihoods for Coastal Communities’ in the capital city today .

The workshop will share recent research findings and further evaluate the need for microfinance in the communities of the two coastal provinces of Khanh Hoa and Nam Dinh.

MCD recently conducted a survey to assess the need for microcredit, otherwise known as microfinance, for small-scale projects in the two provinces’ coastal communities because, even though Viet Nam currently enjoys a booming economy, there are still millions of people living below the poverty line. The coastal communities are no exception. In fact, the majority of Viet Nam’s poor live along the coast.

MCD’s director, Nguyen Thu Hue says that the workshop aims to look at the integration of microcredit into sustainable livelihoods programmes and help facilitate effective lending by microfinance organisations.

“An increasing number of households in coastal communities have participated in successful eco-tourism and sustainable fishery activities and there is vast potential to increase the range of services,” Hue said, “However, financial support is needed by many poor households to kick-start these initiatives”.

“MCD is not in the business of providing or managing microcredit. However, we want to mobilise microfinance organisations to help support growth-oriented livelihood projects,” he added, “We also want to ensure that investment is employed in a sustainable way.”

Involving microfinance experts, finance agencies, government and community stakeholders, the workshop will look at current microcredit models in Viet Nam and approaches to providing effective financial support to coastal communities.

“They play an important role in the economic development of Viet Nam but their livelihoods are often risky. Also on the agenda are how agencies make decisions to give credit to coastal communities, how to assess the needs and expectations of local people and communities, if they use finance effectively and repay loans satisfactorily,” she said.

“We are coming from the angle that sustainable livelihoods principles are necessary in effective microfinance activities and it will be an open forum for participants to share and discuss issues, approaches and solutions,” Hue said — VNS

Source: http://vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn/

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