Diane Lee is a fifty-something Australian author who quit her secure government job in 2016 because she was dying of boredom and wanted an adventure. Taking a risk and a volunteering job, she escaped to Hanoi and hasn’t regretted it. At all. Diane now works part-time for a social enterprise, and as freelance writer and editor. One day she hopes to marry an Irish or Scottish man named Stan.
Public spaces have long been the domain of traditional forms of exercise in Vietnam, but things are changing.
The transformation of Hanoi from sleepy hollow into modern megacity is well and truly underway. But the decisions being made are often informal and spontaneous.
As harmful chemical usage in food causes increasing concern, some health-conscious residents of Hanoi are resorting to other means to keep their food clean and are going organic.
Diane Lee and Julie Vola head south out of Hanoi to Ha Thai, a village known for its lacquer products.
Since the legalisation of social enterprises in 2014, a number have started operating in Vietnam. Their goal? To solve social challenges with business practice. Diane Lee speaks to four social enterprises who are making a difference. Photos by Julie Vola