November 28th, 2013 Posted in Vietnam/Việt Nam | No Comments »
Le Thi Sam, Vietnam Livelihoods Programme Officer
A practical training session on techniques in raising indegenous pigs at Sin Lung Chai village, Lung Khau Nhin commune, Muong Khuong district
Credit: Thanh Huong/Oxfam
It’s still so dark outside, but Trang Chin Quang has woken up to the chill morning, typical in Lung Khau Nhin Village, up in the mountain in Muong Khuong, Lao Cai, in the north of Vietnam.
The fog wraps around him, rolling over his face, drifting off his chin. The pigs begin their squeaking noise, when they hear his footsteps. The chickens keep their own quiet manner when he opens the barn to give them some rice.
In the kitchen, Quang’s wife, Thao Thi Lan is preparing their breakfast. After feeding the hungry pigs and throwing the cattle some dry hay, Quang washes his hands, receiving a steamy rice bowl from his wife. The chill fades away.
The couple begins to leave for the field hours before the sunrise.
“He was not like this before. Only after I had attended meetings for women as part of an Oxfam project,” Mrs. Lan said. She used to do all the work alone every morning as her husband kept in his mind that “a married wife is for household labour”. Her husband would only wake up when the food was ready to eat. In the afternoon after coming back from the field, he would go to a neighbour’s house to watch TV, leaving her with all the housework to do. More »