Action for the city is a non-profit organization based out of Hoi An whose goal is to make the city more green and more livable for tourists and residents. They aim to be a sustainable model for all development in Vietnamese cities, something which is sorely needed as growth in Vietnam continues at a rapid pace.
I highly encourage people to donate or support local organizations that offer skills training, education and long-term sustainable employment to disadvantaged people like the men and women selling trinkets on the beach in Hoi An. However, as we all know nothing is ever so simple and straight forward. Here is my conversation and what I learned recently from a women named Mi Sa, who sells souvenirs on the beach in Hoi An.