Merchants in Motion

Loes Heerink

2015 - 2018

Every day, thousands of vendors descend on the Vietnamese capital Hanoi with their goods laden bicycles. Most of the vendors are female migrants. They make the trip from the countryside to the city to sell fruits, flowers, food and a whole variety of other goods. The vendors walk kilometers a day with heavy cycles to earn a little extra money. The women only go home a couple of times a year, how many times often depends on the age of their children. The woman stay and eat together to save money.

The merchandise is carefully displayed in baskets, and balancing these on their bicycles the vendors walk the streets of Hanoi in search of customers.

The merchants are a beautiful sight. The occupation is however slowly disappearing. I hope we get to enjoy them for a very long time though!

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