BÌNH PHƯỚC – Bình Phước Province has earmarked VNĐ120.6 billion (US$5.1 million) this year for an annual programme to help 1,000 poor ethnic households escape poverty. The south-eastern province has 40 ethnic groups with 198,884 people, accounting for 19.7 per cent of its population. It began implementing the annual programme in 2019, and has helped more than 5,000 ethnic households escape poverty since. It has provided many ethnic households with soft loans for doing farming or business. The province’s socio-political organisations such as the Women’s Union help their members with livelihoods to escape poverty.