Through childhood, Can faced numerous difficulties but never gave up on his dream; to be a hairstylist. Eventually at 19, he found fulfillment.
Can was born in 2000 into an impoverished household in An Thoi Dong commune, Can Gio district. His father worked as a mason with unstable income, working only 10 days per month with monthly average salary 3-3,5 mil VND. Can’s mother used to be a processing sewer but unfortunately had schizophrenia which led to her being unable to work anymore.
Can grew up in a poor family in Can Gio District
In the 9th grade, due to his difficult circumstances, Can had to drop out his school and apply to work for a private garment workshop. The job was exploitative and eventually he had no option but to quit. In the past he had been very vocal about his hairstyling dreams, and affirmed “This is my most favorite job ever!”. Before he started his apprenticeship, Can used to practice mixing homemade dye on himself and his neighbors.
His passion for hairstyling has helped him to overcome his fate. In April 2018, Can heard about saigonchildren’s free vocational training course for disadvantaged children. He registered for the hairdressing class and started his training course. Because he was able to learn what he loved, he didn’t mind going over 50 km every day from Can Gio to the city in order to attend the class at 30 Shine Salon in District 10.
July 2018, Can gave free haircut to the orphans of Phat Quan Social Center in Rach Gia, Kien Giang province in a program by saigonchildren.
After 6 months of training, Can applied to be an official hairstylist at the Salon. He got the job, and the work was stable, in a good working environment. Still, he continued to push himself to further succeed in his industry. Currently, Can has become a Male Hair Stylist at Salon 30 Shine with an income of over VND 16 million / month. Salary does not say it all, but it does show us how hard work and determination pushed Can to never surrender to a life of poverty. He is one of many successful stories of saigonchildren beneficiaries and has become an inspiration for many young people living in difficult circumstances.
Can is working as a hairstylist for Salon 30 shine
Young adults of saigonchildren’s Getting Ready For Work programme are not only provided training but have opportunities to join social work. These activities help children to share with the community and understand that they can still help those who are more difficult than themselves.