In Hanoi, an inspiring social enterprise is giving disadvantaged young people new hope for the future, one recipe at a time.

Do is from a small village, tucked away in the mountainous region of Dien Bien, Vietnam, about as far west as you can get from Hanoi. It’s a place seldom visited by tourists. Or anyone, for that matter.

18-year-old Do is Hmong, one of Vietnam’s 54 recognized ethnic groups, and today in Hanoi, he’s politely plying me with a string of questions about my life in London. We talk about the food, the weather, and football—agreeing to disagree on who the best English team is.

Jovial though he seems, Do is a long way from home. He shows me a traditional beaded bag that his older sister made for him. “When I miss home, I get this out to remind me why I am here,” he explains. “When I arrived here, I cried because it is hard to be away from my family. But after two years with KOTO, I know I will get a stable job and be able to support my family.”