Social Impact

Supporting Vietnamese Communities With Microfinance

With a revamped roadmap, VisionFund Vietnam aims to expand microfinance, empowering more impoverished communities


VisionFund Vietnam is a microfinance unit providing financial aid in the Southeast Asian country. It works in hard-to-reach and impoverished areas, giving families and communities access to financial solutions so they can be empowered to create income and jobs. To date, VisionFund Vietnam has improved the lives of more than 24,000 children in the country — but they are aiming for more.

VisionFund Vietnam wants to expand their activities to impact more vulnerable women and children, but thanks to current regulations and organizational structures, they face challenges in raising the necessary capital. That’s where we stepped in, to explore how to structure the organization to enable sustainable capital injection and significant growth in microfinance activity.

We worked with VisionFund Vietnam to identify their key issues and areas where we could make a significant impact in both Vietnam and at their global headquarters. Our team also interviewed experts across Southeast Asia to understand regulatory trends and practices relevant to Vietnam.

Our research led to an analysis of various capital-raising methods and ways to set up a legal entity in Vietnam, focusing on options that align with VisionFund Vietnam’s short and long-term strategic goals. We also drafted a discussion deck for the microfinance working group and regulator around these options.

We further helped VisionFund Vietnam navigate the Vietnamese legal landscape by identifying options for entity structure to increase funding, and we created a plan for them to expand microfinance operations effectively in Vietnam, both in the short and long term. 

Working with VisionFund allowed us to create meaningful social impact. It was an incredibly rewarding experience knowing that we could bring forth long-term change and reform to microfinance regulations in Vietnam, directly enhancing the lives of millions of people in the future
Kohei Watanabe, Intern, Oliver Wyman