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.
Ta Prohm Silk & Souvenir bursts at the seams with handmade and fair-trade handicrafts including handbags, wallets, scarves, jewelry and home decor.
A land mine survivor herself, Kong says she began her enterprise “to help them help themselves.”
"I cried every day," Kong said. "I could not walk; I could not do anything."Now, a smile never leaves her face.
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.”
"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."
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.
…….just six weeks late.
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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.