Miss Thuy, a single mother with three children, was making about $40 a month when we met her.
Like parents everywhere, she wants her children to have a better life than she has and was spending about half of her income on school expenses.
She and her three children went out on the streets every evening from about 5:00 PM until midnight to sell duck embryo eggs, a local favorite.
We gave her a grant of $140 to set up a food stall. She bought a display case, lighted sign, tables, chairs, and equipment to cook and serve food.
She now works about a block from her house, so her children are either able to stay home in the evening or study while they are helping her at the shop.
Today she earns three or four dollars a day, almost three times her previous income.