A 66-year-old widow collects very moderate toll fees for a one-km path she and her husband built on their own six years ago.
They call her Mrs. BOT, but as an endearment, not a derogatory epithet. The term, build-own-transfer, otherwise carries the connotation of many expensive toll fee stations along Vietnamese roads.
Mrs. BOT of the southernmost province of Ca Mau is a total different story.
Truong Thi Yen, 66, is at her home in Ca Mau Province, where she and her husband built a concrete road for locals for free. Photo by VnExpress/Hoang Hanh.