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Hai's husband Ngo Doan Nam (topless) catches fish with some children. Nam said he originally thought the more the merrier. "But I was so wrong," he lamented as he burst into tears. The 47-year-old said he's getting weaker and is having trouble doing heavy labor. He wants to take out a VND20 million...

Hai's husband Ngo Doan Nam (topless) catches fish with some children. Nam said he originally thought the more the merrier. "But I was so wrong," he lamented as he burst into tears. The 47-year-old said he's getting weaker and is having trouble doing heavy labor. He wants to take out a VND20 million ($950) loan to start a family business "to give the children a fuller, more adequate life."

Hai's stall in Co Ban village, Ha Dong District

Hai's stall in Co Ban village, Ha Dong District.

Hai bends down for a snail hunt

Hai bends down for a snail hunt.

Ngo Doan Duc, a son of Hai's, has a drink before rushing to school. The family is listed among the poorest in the area and the children receive tuition cuts or exemptions, but most of them still dropped out after primary school

Ngo Doan Duc, a son of Hai's, has a drink before rushing to school. The family is listed among the poorest in the area and the children receive tuition cuts or exemptions, but most of them still dropped out after primary school.

The children push a three-wheeled vehicle the family borrowed from a neighbor to transport water and other materials to and from the road

The children push a three-wheeled vehicle the family borrowed from a neighbor to transport water and other materials to and from the road.

Hai rocks her youngest child to sleep. Their bed is made of wood panels placed on bricks

Hai rocks her youngest child to sleep. Their bed is made of wood panels placed on bricks.

The children enjoy the torn sofas outside their tent. They picked the furniture up after another family threw it away

The children enjoy the torn sofas outside their tent. They picked the furniture up after another family threw it away.

With the communal mosquito net pushed aside to a corner, the hungry kids have space to gather and fill their bellies with stir-fried chayote, pickle soup and rice

With the communal mosquito net pushed aside to a corner, the hungry kids have space to gather and fill their bellies with stir-fried chayote, pickle soup and rice.

Hai arranges her children and grandchildren's lunch bowls in a patched-together house amid a vacant field on the outskirts of Hanoi. She now has 13 children from 3 years old and also cares for the kids of her two eldest children, who are married and work in other...

Hai arranges her children and grandchildren's lunch bowls in a patched-together house amid a vacant field on the outskirts of Hanoi. She now has 13 children from 3 years old and also cares for the kids of her two eldest children, who are married and work in other provinces.

Hai's husband Ngo Doan Nam (topless) catches fish with some children. Nam said he originally thought the more the merrier. "But I was so wrong," he lamented as he burst into tears. The 47-year-old said he's getting weaker and is having trouble doing heavy labor. He wants to take out a VND20 million...
Hai's stall in Co Ban village, Ha Dong District
Hai bends down for a snail hunt
Ngo Doan Duc, a son of Hai's, has a drink before rushing to school. The family is listed among the poorest in the area and the children receive tuition cuts or exemptions, but most of them still dropped out after primary school
The children push a three-wheeled vehicle the family borrowed from a neighbor to transport water and other materials to and from the road
Hai rocks her youngest child to sleep. Their bed is made of wood panels placed on bricks
The children enjoy the torn sofas outside their tent. They picked the furniture up after another family threw it away
With the communal mosquito net pushed aside to a corner, the hungry kids have space to gather and fill their bellies with stir-fried chayote, pickle soup and rice
Hai arranges her children and grandchildren's lunch bowls in a patched-together house amid a vacant field on the outskirts of Hanoi. She now has 13 children from 3 years old and also cares for the kids of her two eldest children, who are married and work in other...