Six year old Thuy idles the afternoon away at home in rural Long An, a Vietnamese province just an hour away from the capital Ho Chi Minh City. Long An is one of the 13 provinces that makes up the resource-rich Mekong Delta river, the so-called “Rice Bowl” of Vietnam. However, despite producing over half of the country’s rice output, the region is home to a large segment of Vietnam’s vulnerable communities: ethnic minorities, the poor, landless & the unemployed. 1 out of 4 people in the Mekong Delta barely get by with one dollar a day, more than any other region in the country.
M. Rabonza (b. 1978, Manila) was raised in Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines. After a decade working in public policy, investment banking and development finance across Asia, North America, West Africa and Europe, M.Rabonza turned to photography in the fall of 2009 to document how he’s come to see the world: filled with light, passion & colour. Now based in Amsterdam, M. Rabonza works in the impact investment industry, helping to provide funding for micro and small business owners in emerging & frontier countries. | www.colouringpaper.com