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VBCF Celebrates Three Years of Creating Lasting Impact

Hanoi - Today, the Vietnam Business Challenge Fund (VBCF) is officially closed. The Fund, capitalised by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and managed by SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, was launched back in 2012 with the specific mandate to provide financial and business-mentoring support to innovative, inclusive and commercially viable business ventures.
 

Inclusive Business Matchmaking Marketplace: Connecing Businesses with Investors

Ho Chi Minh City – In an effort to connect inclusive businesses to the capital investments they need to scale up, the Vietnam Business Challenge Fund, SNV and the IB Accelerator have joined forces to bring entrepreneurs and investors together on the 25th of September.
 

Inclusive Bridge to Connect Vibrant Communities

13 August 2015 – The inauguration ceremony of Liem Duyen Hai bridge that connects the two districts Thoi Binh and U Minh across Trem river was held in Ca Mau province. The event was attended by Mr. Tran Kien Cuong – Vice Chair of People’s Council, Mr. Duong Van Nam – Director of  Transport Department of Ca Mau province, authorities of Thoi Binh and U Minh districts, and local people from Trem river delta.
 

Restoring scallop natural resources for sustainable fishing

Binh Thuan, a Southern coastal province of Vietnam, is well known for its seafood products. However, the scallop natural resources have been degrading due to unsustainable fishing practices which jeopardize the livelihoods of thousands of households in the area. The volume of scallop has decreased by 5 to 10 times over the past 10 years.
 

GreenGen Cookstoves On Their Way To Cross Borders

After one year of being supported by VBCF, from a single cook stove product GreenGen has developed other models in different sizes of cook stove to meet a diversity of cooking need of consumers. The new model that the Company has just launched is smokeless, soot-free cook stove that uses substitutes for wood such as pellets, rice husk, sawdust, and corn-cob.

Better Rice for a Better Price

Co Van Dau is one of hundreds of farmers in the remote district of Bao Yen, Lao Cai province that grows Japonica rice DS1 – which is often called ‘Japanese rice’ by local people in this Northern mountainous area of Vietnam. His family, together with other 37 families in the district have been working with a large seed company to pilot the production of Japonica rice that is promised to bring them better income.

Smart Solution to Clean Water Need: Bringing Dutch Technologies to Serve The Low Income Market

"I was born and raised in The Netherlands and have lived there for 30 years. Having drinking water from the tap is quite a normal thing in the Netherlands, but here in Vietnam it’s something that millions of people would still dream of.” Ngo Xuan Vinh –  Vice Director, Holland Water Supply Company (Howaco). 
 

DFID official visits VBCF-supported Elcom

Hanoi, 26 May 2015 - VBCF and Elcom had the honour to welcome Mr. James Saville, Director People, Operations & Change at the UK Department for International Development (DFID) Head Office and Mrs. Ann Flecklenton OBE, at DFID Vietnam on a visit to VBCF-funded “Heat-resistant spores – A new generation Probiotics for food safety and economic efficiency for small farmers and food industry in Vietnam” project.   

VBCF showcased at Vietnam Corporate Sustainability Forum 2015

The Vietnam Corporate Sustainability Forum (VCSF) was organised by the Vietnam Business Council for Sustainable Development (VBCSD) in collaboration with SNV and the British Council in Hanoi on 14 May 2015. Following the success of the first VCSF in 2014, this year’s forum continued to highlight the role of the business sector as a driving force of the sustainable development of Vietnam.

Two journeys, one direction

Two women from two different backgrounds. Two different life stories. Two ways of struggling with their ambitions to change. How did their paths cross?
A wake up call

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