Tran Thanh Tung has worked many jobs to feed his family, including selling lottery tickets, fishing, raising ducks, caring for people’s fields and picking coconuts with his bare hands.
Photo credit: Tuoi Tre
Tran Thanh Tung walks around his home in the Mekong Delta City of Can Tho on a pair of low wooden stools he made himself.
He rarely wears a shirt, but always has a smile, even as he climbs a coconut tree with his two hands.
“What takes normal people three days to do takes me seven," the 48-year-old told Tuoi Tre newspaper at his home in O Mon District. "All that matters is strong will, and anything can be done."
He joined the fight against the Khmer Rouge at age 18 and lost both legs, two years later, in a mine explosion.
After returning home in 1986, Tung worked hard to get mobile again.
He started out using a wheelchair but found it inconvenient.
So he crafted the pair of stools to use as makeshift crutches and can now easily cover a few kilometers on them.
Soon after getting his mobility back, Tung started to look for work.
He now owns a small garden where he plants trees, ducks and chickens.
“I’m trying to earn a little more for my daughter to go to college,” he said.