Mai Vietnamese Handicrafts

Mai Vietnamese Handicrafts is a program for street children in Ho Chi Minh City which originally worked with poor and neglected children who could not go to school due to the lack of legal papers and the inability to pay tuition.  Mai Handicrafts gave them work and encouraged them to attend informal classes.  Now that all the children are admitted to formal school for free, Mai Vietnamese provides work for their mothers and older sisters to improve family income and well-being.  In a developing context, it also practices a model of social development in which social services cannot be separated from economic self-reliance.