Colors of Hoi An III — The Story
Ngoc carries her bicycle through Hoi An old town. Every day she visits the stores and restaurants around Hoi An collecting items for recycling. Today she is selling a broken electric bike to the recycling center.
“I work from 5:30 AM-10:00 AM. I have been working on this job for 7 years. I used to fish on the ocean but not anymore. Working like this allows me to have more time for my family. The income is not stable sometimes it can be 100k (a little over $4 USD) or a little bit more.”
“My husband sells lottery tickets. He tried to work construction before but he is allergic to cement. He used to work on the ocean but now he has lots of physical problems. He earns less than 100k per day.”
“I find happiness in my job, additionally, I don’t have to spend a lot of money on investment (opening a shop for example).”
Ngoc, 50 years old
Hoi An, Vietnam
(Name changed for privacy)
Finding Ngoc in Hoi An
After taking this picture we caught up with her a few weeks later to learn more about her life.
“You guys really tried hard to find me! Thank you so much” Ngoc, says with a big smile.
We love surprising people with little gifts like these. After taking a candid photo of Ngoc in Hoi An, Vietnam, we printed and framed the photo then set out to find her again. We’d never met her before but saw her a few times around the old town. While searching around town for her we almost gave up for the day when she suddenly appeared from around a corner on her bicycle.
“It’s beautiful!” She exclaimed when we gave her the photo.
Colors of Hoi An III
Every morning Ngoc collects cardboard and other items for recycling around Hoi An and typically makes around $4-$5 a day. However, this gives her more time to spend with her family so she prefers it. After talking to her and learning about her life we also gave her some money for her family from donations we have received. Thanks again to everyone who has helped!