Minh — Hoi An, Vietnam
Minh — Farmer, Hoi An, Vietnam
A sunny afternoon in the countryside of Vietnam. Minh takes a break, sitting next to her friend beneath the shade of her Nón Lá (conical hat). “I have been working as a farmer since I was a kid,” Minh explains.
“It was flooding here, so my plants were over-saturated with water. If it hadn’t been flooding, my plants would be taller now. Luckily, they are still alive.”
Minh has a garden of string bean seedlings. Branches from the nearby mesquite trees are used as trestles creating an arch above her. The string bean vines will grow up interwoven in the branches giving easier access to the string beans come harvest time.
“In addition to growing green beans, I also grow tomatoes, cucumbers and other vegetables. I grow the vegetables now to get ready to sell on Tết (Lunar New Year celebration). I also raise pigs and cows and grow sweet potatoes. My husband builds houses.”
“Then you are rich!” Trinh jokes.
As she gets back to work the tree-branch trestles bat against her Nón Lá while she moves up and down the rows sprinkling fertilizer.
Smiling shyly Minh says “We just earn enough to live. Our life is not bad.”
Getting ready to leave Minh beams us a big smile and waves happily. Her name means “Bright” which seems to be echoed in her demeanor.