Empowering Women and Youth Through Graduation and Financial Inclusion in Vietnam


Empowering women and youth through graduation and financial inclusion in Vietnam

This project helped 7,000 women between the ages of 18-34 in the most marginalized communities in Vietnam to reach economic self-sufficiency through access to financial inclusion and social protection mechanisms. The program was implemented alongside two others, in Mexico and Bangladesh, under a three-country project led by Trickle Up and funded by MetLife. Plan’s activities targeted the most impoverished groups and provided trainings, coaching, financial and material support, connections to government services and support for the creation of social solidarity groups to build good financial practices and savings.

What are we doing?

By targeting households at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder, the project tested two variations of the Graduation Approach adapted to the social, economic and cultural specificities of the target populations of each region. The target populations tend to be from indigenous communities, ethnic minorities and/or people with disabilities.

Project objectives

  • Increase government responsiveness to the needs of this population.
  • Facilitate sustainable livelihood development among communities living in conditions of ultra-poverty and vulnerability by ensuring social and financial inclusion.



Village Savings and Loans groups established and functioning.
of household children were in school.
of household members had access to health care services.
Duyen gathers rice seedlings
Duyen gathers rice seedlings

Empowering Women and Youth Through Financial Inclusion and Graduation in Vietnam helped ensure children like Duyen are given an opportunity to become self-sufficient.

A village savings and loan group in Vietnam
A village savings and loan group in Vietnam

Plan’s project focuses on increasing the income of households through cash transfers, productive assets, village savings and loan groups, mentorship and training.

Caring for goats
Caring for goats

Ho Thi Ka Lon and her daughter care for goats to strengthen their families economic position.

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