‘Zero dong’ supermarket bringing smiles to those in need

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused heavy losses in both the economy and society, but amid the hardship there are still stories about efforts to join hands and overcome the situation.


In normal times, Nguyen Van Mai’s welding job earns him enough money to raise his two children. The sudden outbreak of COVID-19, however, saw him lose his job, so the free rice dispenser and “0 VND” supermarket that opened recently in Da Nang have provided much-needed relief.

Since late April, the rice dispenser at the cultural house of Binh Thuan ward has become a destination for benefactors, mostly businesses in the city, to offer help. It operates all day every day, while the “0 VND” supermarket is open every Tuesday and Saturday.