She was named by Forbes Vietnam as one of the 30 most influential under-thirty in the country.
Tan Thi Shu was born in 1986 in a poor H’Mong family in Sa Pa, a beautiful mountainous town in the northern province of Lao Cai.
Her family was in fact so poor it could only afford one meal a day. She started working at the age of 12, selling brocade fabric. A year later, like most of her peers, she became a peddler in Sa Pa.
Her mind was always teeming with unanswered questions: “Why are my parents so poor? Why am I different from the rest? Why can’t I go to school and have the same opportunities as others? Wherever I go, I can’t find anyone else who looks like me…”.
She recalls how self-conscious and miserable she felt when some children visiting Sa Pa made fun of her short stature and looks. Continue reading “The peddler girl from Sa Pa who made it big”