Nhung is a mother of four children and lives in rural Vietnam. Like many families living in rural Vietnam, she had a low income and the cost of educating her children was a huge strain. Providing uniforms, paying for reading materials, and transportation to school can be a barrier to education for many children. Nhung was determined that things would be different for her children. She is working hard to provide an education for her children and to offer them opportunities she did not have.

Having learned her artisan skill from her parents, today she crafts horn in our workshop. Through her employment at Faire, she has been able to access our Faire Trade Fund, a source of additional financial support managed by the artisans. Nhung’s colleagues voted to help her with the cost of educating her four children and as a result of her hard work and dedication, Nhung and her children are lifting themselves out of poverty and can look forward to a brighter future.

Before I worked here, I didn’t have enough money for groceries, but now I can pay for my children’s schooling.

– Nhung

A Day in the Life of Nhung

My name is Hoang Thi Hong Nhung, I am 40 years old, married and have 4 children, I live in Thuy Ung village.

I have been working in the workshop for 5 years. My job is to polish and clean all components of with horn for necklaces, bracelets, earrings.

My normal workday includes the following activities:

I get up at 5:30 a.m. to exercise and cook breakfast for the whole family, until 6 a.m. And at 7:00 am I took my children to school until 7:20 am, (and then) I go to the workshop.

I start work at 7:30 p.m. I do the job assigned by the team leader or order the goods. The thing I like most while working is to beautify and organize the pieces of jewelry. I like to clean and polish the jewelry.

My work is not too heavy, simple and light. At 11:30 a.m. I finish my work and go home to have lunch with my family. Continue work at 1:30 pm.

The pandemic severely affected my daily work. When the epidemic boomed, it would affect my income and economy. This would mean less goods, less orders for work, and I won't have a job .... I really want to find a vaccine to quickly end this disease so I can continue working, (and have) more economic stability in life. Thanks to this job, I have had money to pay for living expenses to take care of my children to have a stable education.

For this I give my thanks to everyone who buys and uses our own products. I am very happy and we will try to continue to do our work to give people a better product.