Eight years ago, Tra Linh Commune suffered extreme poverty, with many locals unable to buy or build decent homes. Ngoc Linh ginseng gets to the root of expansion Local woman proud owner of Ngoc Linh ginseng garden Quang Nam man digs up 100-year-old Ngoc Linh ginseng A view of the Tắk Lang billionaire village. Photo thanhnien.vn Thanks to Ngoc Linh ginseng, farmers have seen profits explode and the area is now covered with new residential developments. By the end of last year, members of the commune’s Sedang ethnic minority had saved hundreds of billions of dong. Tắk Lang Village is a hub for growing Ngoc Linh ginseng. Several years ago, it took half a day to travel from the centre of Nam Tra My District to the village. Now, wide roads have been built. Local residents consider Tắk Lang Village to be the first billionaire village of the Sedang people, Thanh Niên newspaper reports. Ho Van Du is a village patriarch in Tra Linh Commune. Three years ago, … [Read more...] about Poor residents enrich themselves thanks to ginseng
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As October ends, the leopard trees get into their act along the Tay Ho (West Lake) and the vast Bau Can tea estate in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai. The tree, said to be native to Brazilian rainforests, is scientifically known as Libidibia ferrea or Caesalpinia ferrea. The freshwater lake and the tea plantation are about 25 km south of the center of Pleiku Town, capital of Gia Lai. The lake covers an area of nearly 100 hectares in Tay Ho Village, Bau Can Commune, Chu Prong District. It irrigates the tea plantation. The Bau Can tea plantation dotted with the leopard trees in bloom. Grown on an area of more than 400 hectares, the plantation has an annual output of 2,000 tons of tea buds each year. A path runs through the tea plantation. A worker said the leopard trees were planted to act as a windshield for the tea plants. When the tree sheds its leaves, they become a natural fertilizer too. Plantation workers pluck tea leaves early in the morning, in … [Read more...] about In the highlands, the leopard tree shows its spots again
She returned to Vietnam in August after Chinese authorities raided and deported undocumented immigrants. More about how she returned later. Cut to the present. In a countryside garment factory in the northern Bac Giang Province, Bien sits beside a bunch of red cloth bags. Around her dozens of other workers are making bags on sewing machines, but not Bien: Her job is to affix the company label on the bags, and she gets less than VND100,000 ($4.32) a day for it. She was given that job after failing to learn sewing despite eight days of training at the factory. "It's too difficult, I can't sew," she says. Bien is one of many Vietnamese trafficking victims rescued from China who returned lost, damaged, with little assurance their life would ever go back to the normal old days. Before being trafficked to China, she had been quite resourceful, working her family's rice field in Dong Lo Commune in Bac Giang while also attending a babysitting class. On October 2, 1991, when she was 23, Bien … [Read more...] about The plight of human trafficking survivors: Back from hell but to what?