CAPTION: “Before, our only option was to sell to a merchandiser”, Chung says. “Their prices changed a lot, and we never knew whether we were getting a good price or a bad price”. He became a member of Cooperative Huy Tuong II in 2012. Selling his surplus produce directly to the cooperative means he able to bypass the merchandiser and receive a fairer, more stable price. The cooperatives have established reliable transportation links between Huy Tuong and Hanoi; after buying and processing, the produce it is sent on a local bus. LOCATION: Coong Village, Huy Tuong, Son La Province, Vietnam. INDIVIDUAL(S) PHOTOGRAPHED: Vi Van Chung.