Huyen was born in 2000. Her parents divorced, now she is living with her mother and two younger siblings. The four of them live together with her uncle’s family, which means 7 people living in a less-than-nine-square-metre cabin. The cabin is made out of corrugated iron in a street corner, next to a public toilet. It’s dirty because it’s also her uncle’s motorbike repair shop. Her mother helps out at the shop and also sells drinks and cigarettes on the street.
After finish year 12, Huyen’s mother could not afford for her to continue education. Huyen wanted to learn hairdressing to have a stable job, that’s where saigonchildren stepped in to support her 10-month study at Nhan Dao vocational school. During her course, Huyen showed great effort and was praised by her teacher. She graduated the course with Excellent grading and gained a job at her teacher’s salon.
Now Huyen has an income of over 8 million VND a month. She is happy and content with how her life has turned out because not only she has a stable job, she can also support the study of her two siblings.