Colors of Hoi An II — The Story

Hoa carries flowers to sell at the market in Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoa car­ries flow­ers to sell at the mar­ket in Hoi An, Viet­nam. Using two bas­kets bal­anced with a bam­boo pole (Don Ganh) she walks from her house to the old town.

Car­ry­ing the flow­ers like this is eas­i­er for me. On the way from my home to the mar­ket, I sell flow­ers to lots of peo­ple, so it would be a has­sle for me (to use a bicycle).”

Hoa has been grow­ing and sell­ing flow­ers in Hoi An for 30 years. After get­ting divorced when her daugh­ter was 4 years old, she sin­gle-hand­ed­ly raised her and took care of her moth­er at the same time. To do this, she worked 3 jobs from 4 AM to 9 PM dai­ly. “Thanks to those jobs, I was able to send my daugh­ter to school through Uni­ver­si­ty,” she says.

It was a hard time for me. Now, life is bet­ter. I stay at home to look after my grand­child and grow flow­ers to sell.”


Colors of Hoi An

This pho­to is part of “Col­ors of Hoi An” — a pho­tog­ra­phy project to high­light the bold col­ors of Hoi An, Viet­nam, jux­ta­posed with the dai­ly life of the locals. Click here to learn more about “Col­ors of Hoi An”.


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