SUPERMARKETS FOR POOR PEOPLE
In Vietnam, there are some duty-free supermarkets that serving people in buying goods and foods with “10-15 percent lower than common prices” like Moc Bai supermarkets at Vietnamese-Cambodian frontier (“Duty-free supermarket opens in Moc Bai economic zone”, 2009). It is seen as a good idea to help people having things with reasonable prices. However, according to the Circular No. 08/2010/TT-BTC Article 2 Section 2b (Ministry of Finance, 2010), only people aged 18 years or older will “be sold free of duty within a quota not exceeding VND 500,000/person/month” (~$23) and the inconvenient travel to far locations are not the good deal to shopping for daily life. A new idea for helping poor and disadvantages people approaching higher living standard is to set up thrift stores/supermarkets. These kinds of supermarkets are not common charity projects, and they will bring benefits to society by providing poor people the low-cost food, job and education programs and helping them more confident in society. It might be a strange idea in Vietnam but Goodwill Industries International, Inc. is a good sample of a successful company by providing education programs and job training services in United States and Canada. After founding in 1902 by Rev. Edgar J. Helms, “Goodwill provided employment training and job placement services to three million people in the United States and Canada” (“Goodwill Q&A,” n.d.). “Every 42 seconds of every business day, a person served by Goodwill earns a good job and every 13 seconds, another person accesses Goodwill opportunities to build careers and strong families”. Over 80% of $4-billion company’s revenue will go back to community through paying job training services and education programs for poor people (Goodwill’s Mission, 2011). All achievements above make company become a sustainable social entrepreneur in the world and demonstrate for a new and effective charity work. Hence, Government should establish...
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