Mong people quit booze to end poverty

VietNamNet Bridge – Cu A Trang, a man from the Mong ethnic minority in Lao Chai 2 Village in the northern province of Lai Chau stands in front of his newly-built house. The house has one floor and covers an area of about 100 square metres.

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Residents enjoy a meal without alcohol at Lao Chai 2 Village, Khun Ha Commune in the northern province of Lai Chau. - VNA/VNS Photo Cong Tuyen


Trang was able to build the property after giving up drinking and focusing on farming.

Trang said quitting booze has improved his life.

“I no longer had to pay for alcohol. Instead of getting drunk, I spent time growing cardamom and rice, or raising poultry and cattle to improve my income and build a better life,” he said.

Now he reminds his family of the harm caused by alcohol.

Drinking is common among Mong people in Khun Ha Commune, Tam Duong District. Local men in the village used to drink heavily. This is among major causes of poverty, domestic violence, and social disorder in this community.

However, things are getting better.

There are 62 households in Lao Chai 2 Village. All were Mong ethnic minority families living in poverty.

After three years battling alcohol addiction in the village, more than 20 households have managed to raise themselves out of poverty. Many have built their own homes and purchased modern appliances.

Cu A Sau, another H’Mong man in Lao Chai 2 Village, said although alcohol was still consumed at weddings, funerals and festivals, the rate of daily drinking had dropped, with some residents even quitting completely.

Cu A So, chairman of Khun Ha Commune’s People’s Committee, said residents of three among 15 villages in the commune now said no to alcohol during daily meals.

The committee would try to persuade residents in other villages to change their drinking habits. This will help improve the lives of residents and stop social problems caused by alcohol addiction. 

Source: VNS

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