10-year old girl recycles rubbish at Ho Chi Minh City coffee shop

By Nguyen Nhu, Thanh Nien News

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Duong presents a small gift, made from rubbish, to her customers at her coffee shop in district 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhu Lich. Duong presents a small gift, made from rubbish, to her customers at her coffee shop in district 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhu Lich.

A 10-year old girl and her mother opened a coffee shop in Ho Chi Minh City, where customers are advised to bring bags of trash.

Phan Le Anh Duong has told her mother about the idea of a “rubbish coffee shop” since she was 7, but it took three years for them to raise enough money to open such a place on a crowded street in District 5.

The small cafe at 793 Tran Hung Dao street offers customers a chance to enjoy coffee surrounded by recycled decorations made from rubbish, such as used plastic bags, bottles and milk containers.

Duong said she exchanges each small bag of rubbish, with a cute present made from the same materials.

“By this, I want to call upon everyone to recycle household rubbish and save our environment”, said Duong.

Her mother Le Thi Hue, the manager of a charity house in Hoc Mon district, also displays, at an easy-to-find corner of the shop, many handicrafts made by her disabled trainees.

“Many handicapped workers cannot find an outlet for their products. I think what they need isn't just a lesson in how to catch fish, but also a place to sell them,” Hue said, pointing at a special shelf loaded with beautiful handicrafts at the small coffee shop.

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