Abandoned by her mother, Suong grew up with her grandparents in rural Quang Nam Province. Her grandparents were subsistence rice farmers who struggled to feed the family.
At 18, Suong was forced to work in a sweatshop shoe factory. Suong learned of STREETS and completed an application. Without a phone and desperate for the opportunity she knew STREETS presented, Suong biked three hours to check the status of her application and learn that she was accepted. Since finishing at STREETS, Suong has worked at the luxury InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, as a server in their Michelin 3-star La Maison 1888, before being promoted to Bartender, a position that allows her to provide her son all the good care and education she was denied.