Ba , 70 — Hoi An, Vietnam
Lotus Harvest in Hoi An
“Everybody tells me that I should retire! As long as I can move, I have to work. I am just 70 years old! Mostly I work on my own because my husband passed away a long time ago. Young generations here (Hoi An) work for hotels and restaurants, they don’t work in the fields.”
In the pale glow of pre-dawn, Ba harvests lotus flowers to sell in Hoi An. At 70 years old and still works every day. Talking to her, it’s clearly by choice.
“I cannot retire now! My legs don’t allow me to do that. I cannot just stay in bed at home. Tiring! Staying at home, it makes my legs hurt! No pain when I work!”
When we ask for her phone number to give her a printed photo she laughs and says “I have a phone but I do not know how to use it. You can find the dude with the buffalo over there. He is my brother, he will help.”
Ba, 70 years old
Hoi An, Vietnam