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Our3Q – Action Cambodge Handicap, Cambodia

Sephan – owner of Action Cambodge Handicap – social enterprise producing jam. Workers are mainly mentally disabled people.

 

Q1: What do you appreciate yourself in the business mainly for?

We still exist and we are even growing! Now we not only produce jam, but we have also opened a shop and in both places we are able to hire mentally disabled people. We also learn more and more about them, how to work with them, how to love them, how to forgive.

 

Q2: What is the biggest challenge for you now?

In fact, I’ve just finished school; I don’t have much experience in working, not to mention running a business. And suddenly I have to do it. I have to learn everything: producing, selling, marketing… we are too small, we can’t hire people to do those things. But it’s a good challenge. In Cambodia people don’t really want to take a high position, they prefer to be just workers, with no risk involved. It’s slowly changing now, so it’s good for me to gain experience. I like the fact that I can create something by myself, check my ideas, make decisions.

 

Q3: What advice do you have for yourself in this situation?

A farm. I want to create a farm. it will solve so many problems! First of all, we wouldn’t have to rent the house for mentally disabled people, as we do now. Then we could grow our own vegetables, rice, chicken… we would have enough food for ourselves and also for selling as healthy, organic products. We will create a place full of love and happiness where disabled people live together with volunteers and their families. What’s more, we would be able to provide job to more disabled people, they could water the plants and help in farming.

 

Would you like to add somehing more?

My life was also very hard, my family was poor, we often didn’t have enough food. But then the PSE organization helped me, they changed completely my life. Now I want to help others. I believe it is the right thing to do and I feel happy doing that. 

 

The questions were asked on our behalf by Anna and Andrea from How to (ex) change the world.

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 20th  November, 2015

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