VND0 Happy Supermarket provides support to underprivileged people

Hanoi has welcomed the opening of a VND0 Happy Supermarket which provides essential goods to people from less well-off backgrounds to help them overcome the challenges they face in the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic.

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Situated at Grand Plaza commercial centre on 117 Tran Duy Hung street in Cau Giay district of Hanoi, a large number of deprived people gather at the VND0 Happy Supermarket on April 13.

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First set up by APEC Group, the programme has seen a chain of VND0 Happy Supermarkets pop up in seven other cities and provinces, including Bac Giang, Bac Ninh, Hai Duong, Thai Nguyen, Lang Son, Thua Thien-Hue, and Lang Son.

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The supermarket aims to supply people with essential goods such as rice, eggs, noodle soup, clothes, and books, all at a cost of VND 0.

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Visitors can also find essential medicine on the shelves of the supermarket.

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When shopping in the store guests must obey the rule of keeping a two-metre distance from others.

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Organisers jot down some information about those who visit the supermarket.

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When arriving at the supermarket, each person is able to select five different items worth VND100,000 at once. Each visitor is allowed to purchase goods twice a month.

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Most people choose to get essential goods such as rice, fish sauce, cooking oil. and sugar, although a few people select clothes.

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Once chosen the goods are wrapped up in paper bags.

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A garbage collector visits the supermarket in order to stock up on goods at a price of VND0.

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The impact of the COVID-19 epidemic has forced her to stop working as a garbage collector. She first found out about the charity programme through a neighbour.

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Ly A Cam says she has no income during the social distancing period. She feels grateful to receive such support and displays her sincere thanks to the programme’s organisers.

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Together with the initiation of a rice ATM machine, the VND0 Happy Supermarket aids deprived people in dealing with the difficulties faced in the battle against the COVID-19 epidemic.

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