Hue on her way to the pier where she works ferrying people across the river
14-year-old Hue was born into a poor family of 8 children. 4 of her siblings have married, while 3 are school age. She lives with her parents, her married brother, his wife and his son, and her 3 sisters. In total 9 family members are living in their small house made of wood and soil. The family has no toilet -- not even a latrine. Their water supply comes from the nearby stream.
Hue is studying in Grade 9 at the school in the nearby town. Every day, she wakes up at 4.30 AM to work as a ferry person to earn money. She rows a small boat carrying passengers from her village, crossing Dak Rong river to the commune centre and back.
At 6.30 AM, she goes to school and stays there until 11.30 AM. Most days, she brings rice with her so that after school she can go straight back to to the pier where she works until late at night. This hard and sometimes dangerous job, earns Hue between 25,000 VND and 30,000 VND per day (US$1.5). She gives all the money to her parents to buy food, clothes and stationery for her siblings' study. She usually does her own homework in the boat between passengers.