Uninhibited

I can't quite be defined. One thing I'm certain of: I'm passionate about everything I do.

Journalist, Harvard Grad Student, Travel junkie and Human Rights enthusiast, I want to see the world a better place. My life runs on caffeine and the purchasing of spontaneous one-way tickets across the earth.

I'm Kaley, pleased to meet you.
Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia.

Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia.

Good Morning, Krakow.

Good Morning, Krakow.

Not (JUST) FOR PROFIT GOES GLOBAL

Social enterprise isn’t just an American-led concept.

Sure, Americans offer outstanding direction and support to social businesses in developing communities worldwide, but many of those same communities bootstrap their own entrepreneurship ventures in absence of international assistance.

Imagine a near fatal accident turning into the very thing that provides employment and hope for over 50 people and their families - not to mention designs handmade, fair-trade silk products at an incredibly reasonable price.
Meet Chim Kong, a Cambodian entrepreneur who has been paving the way to fellow change agents in her community by creating jobs for Cambodian land mine survivors and their families.
Ta Prohm Silk & Souvenir bursts at the seams with handmade and fair-trade handicrafts including handbags, wallets, scarves, jewelry and home decor.
Ten years strong, Kong’s enterprise works to bring economic opportunities to those who might not have the resources to support themselves otherwise.
A land mine survivor herself, Kong says she began her enterprise “to help them help themselves.”
Littered with unknown millions of unexploded munitions and shadowed under the legacy of recent genocide,¬†Cambodia is one of the world’s poorest countries.
The country’s modern history witnessed an estimated quarter of its population brutally murdered under the communistic¬†Khmer Rouge regime. Today, the country is still struggling to get back on a strong footing.
At twelve-years-old, Kong stepped on a land mine and the direction of her life was forever changed. Her father brought her to the hospital to reveal her leg was destroyed.
"He asked if I could have the plastic limb, and [the doctor] said I was too young. After two years, they could do the plastic limb." Until then, Kong lived with a dead leg, awaiting its amputation.
"I cried every day," Kong said. "I could not walk; I could not do anything."
Now, a smile never leaves her face.
A self-proclaimed hard worker, Kong was determined to support her family after receiving her artificial limb. Twenty years younger than most of her classmates, she enrolled in a trade school for sewing and emerged as one of the top in her class. She was eventually chosen to work in the school’s workshop for customers, which provided her experience in management, finance, and the fabric production chain.
Kong opened Ta Prohm Silk & Souvenir only a few years later and taught herself the intricacies of the business along the way.

Identifying employees through friends and a school for fellow land mine survivors¬†in Cambodia, Kong and a group of 12 “peace workers” work with individuals who were the “most hurt after Pol Pot.”

It makes no difference whether or not the store’s pieces actually sell: Kong’s staff will receive their income regardless.
"We pay them whether we sell or not sell. We must pay them; they need money for their families to eat. They are very poor."
A legacy of Pol Pot’s communist regime, most Cambodians rely on subsistence farming for their livelihoods.
Disabled people struggle to find a means of income to suit their needs. Ta Prohm offers those individuals and their families hope and a reliable paycheck.
All purchases from Ta Prohm support the continued operation of the business, its workshop, and the staff who rely on its support to provide for their families.
Though on the other side of the map, Kong and her business partner, Sam, ship their goods globally, with frequent wholesale shipping to the U.S. and Japan.
Requests for purchase can be made via email.

It’s A Thing: Watching the Men’s Olympic Marathon, London 2012

Introductions!

…….just six weeks late.

This video took four and a half hours to upload. Enjoy it.

It’s a Thing: Mistaken Chinese Words

You Ku! A harmless phrase Scott has been yelling the past two weeks is the Chinese equivalent for the word “tourist.” last night, our new best friend Ted, the Asian sensation, kindly pointed out that Scott has been very, very mistaken in his pronunciation. Instead of yelling “tourist” everywhere we go (and I mean everywhere), Scott has been screaming the word “underwear” with far too much enthusiasm. Perhaps that explains the strange stares and Beijing’s lack of smiles.