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Vietnam: Empowering Women and Youth Through Graduation and Financial Inclusion in Vietnam

This project will empower 1,000 ultra-poor and 6,000 very poor 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. In conjunction with projects in Bangladesh and Mexico, these three concurrent pilots will drive a cross-country learning platform consisting of high-level working groups to share learning with government stakeholders and large-scale NGOs, in order to make the case for integration into social-protection systems and broad replication within large NGOs.

By targeting households at two levels of the socio-economic ladder—the ultra-poor and the very poor—the project will test two variations of the Graduation Approach adapted to the social, economic, and cultural specificities of the target populations of each region. The ultra-poor are characterized as highly vulnerable and marginalized populations who face extreme barriers to financial inclusion and economic self-sufficiency. These populations tend to be from indigenous communities, ethnic minorities, and/or people with disabilities.

Project Objectives

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

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MetLife Foundation/Prime: Trickle Up
Project Start Date
September 2017
Project End Date
August 2020
Technical Areas Covered
Youth & Economic Empowerment Stipend for Consumption Support; Asset Transfer; Coaching; Savings/Self-Help Groups (savings and credit services; technical livelihood skills training; financial literacy and capability training); Links to Government Services

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