The family of Quang Thi Loan in Vang Mon hamlet, Tam Hop commune, Tuong Duong district, is one of the households in Nghe An province benefiting from the provincial border guard force’s livelihood model. According to Head of the Mass Mobilization Team of Tam Hop Border Post of the provincial Border Guard Command Senior Captain Nguyen Kim Trong, the family of Quang Thi Loan was one of the poorest households in the village and used to face numerous economic difficulties. Learning about Loan’s situation, the border post and local authorities discussed and came up with a livelihood model to help her family overcome difficulties.

Troops of Tam Hop Border Post of the Nghe An provincial Border Guard Command help people in Tam Hop commune harvest rice.

First, Tam Hop Border Post provided initial capital of VND 17 million for the family to raise seven goats; mobilized officers and soldiers to assist the building of a goat barn; sent staff experienced in raising domestic animals to equip the family with methods to take care of the goats. After more than a year, the number of her family’s goats has increased more than three times. This is considered a foundation for Loan's family to develop household economy to stabilize their life and becomes a model for other households in the area to learn and follow. 

Thanks to Tam Hop Border Post’s model, the family of Xong Nhia Ly in Pha Lom hamlet, Tam Hop commune now has 15 cows and six goats. These animals serve as a main source of income, thus helping the family gradually escape poverty. 

Standing Secretary of Tam Hop commune’s Party Committee Xong Ba No said that apart from assisting local people in carrying out economic models, the border guard has been a key force in natural disaster response, contributing to local authorities’ efforts in gradually improving people’s living standards and strengthening the solidarity between troops and people. 

Apart from raising domestic animals, the border posts in Nghe An province have applied such effective models as wet rice and pharmaceutical plants cultivation. In 2023 alone, the Nghe An provincial Border Guard Command collaborated with local agencies and sectors to support locals to effectively carry out 59 economic development models; spent more than 5,700 working days taking care of and harvesting crops for people; afforested 5 hectares of land; built or repaired 61km of rural roads; dredged and reinforced 13km of irrigation canals; provided support for 96 needy students, including 16 Lao people, and adopted 18 children.  

Units under the provincial border guard command presented bicycles, school supplies, and gifts to children within the “Paving the way to school for children - border posts’ adopted children” program. The economic development models have proved their effectiveness, contributing to improving the quality of life of local people and firmly ensuring security in border areas.

Secretary of the Party Committee and Political Commissar of the Nghe An provincial Border Guard Command Senior Colonel Le Nhu Cuong said that in the coming time the provincial border guard command will direct its units to maintain and effectively bring into play models and study and make recommendations to localities to build new ones. 

Col. Cuong added that the border guard force’s deed is one of the effective measures to encourage locals to stay in border areas and assist border guard troops in firmly protecting sovereignty and security in border areas.

Translated by Tran Hoai