Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
BeyondTravellingCambodia, (BTC) has been operating since January, 2016. So far we have three groups of 30 travelers who have signed up for the tour both locally and internationally. BTC’s project contributes to sustainable development that we care about such as clean water and sanitation, and also innovation for social change to betterment, as well as sustainable cities and communities. We reflected that there are many poor communities, unfortunately we are only able to support three communities at this time. For the first community, there are ten families, of which most of them are children. When we first arrived there, we were taken aback by their living condition. They live in a small house and get wet during the raining season with filthy water under their bed full of smell and mosquitos. For the first group, we were able to clean the village, teach the basic sanitation of how to live clean, and encourage them to drink cooked water. As a result, their health condition seems better and it makes them more productive. For the second community, we have introduced locals to do home-stay services as they will get paid. With that the housewife can both look after the house, and earn income at the same time. The last one isn’t a community, but an orphanage that was opened by a local tour guide who used to be an orphan as well. Those kids need food, clothes, school material, transportation...etc. BTC had brought the traveler to inspire those kids through teaching them, cooking the food and more. What BTC has done so far isn’t a perfect one, however we try our best to support them because they deserve one last chance from our help and contribution for betterment. Changing the lives of others could mean changing your life.
Sustainability and future plans
BeyondTravellingCambodia, (BTC) is an internet tourism platform that promotes responsible tourism. We mainly focus on three themes, To Travel, To Discover and To Empower. BTC created a tour with social impact, so beside travelling in the country, the traveler will spare 1/3 of the tour to work on the project site for helping the poor communities in need. 10% of the tour will go to empowering the locals as contribution in any terms, for example doing home-stay at the local village, and building the toilet for better sanitation. The reason that we are doing this is to introduce the travelers to do their traveling in different ways as they can change the lives of others while on holiday. BTC is still a start-up company that doesn’t have a website yet, however we have Facebook Page, Instagram, Twitter and our network, especially the former travelers of BTC that helps spread the word. Our target audiences are fresh graduated high school students, Teachers, and Travelers because we believe that they are the most potential people who loves to travel in different ways. We base on the funds of tour in order to operate our project, so we need at least 15 people per group in order to operate each tour, and we need 15 tours for a year in order to break even. As we are a new profit enterprise, in order to sustain our project, we are working with an existing community, and we are building more networks with other travel agents in Cambodia. Hopefully, we can reach out more to other poor communities, and connect with other investors to strengthen ourselves. If we win the competition, then it will be another stage of success for giving us hope to do good to people.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
My name is PEOU Sokchamreun, was born on August 08th, 1991 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. From 1997 to 2003 I completed my primary school at Beoung Trabek Khang Tboung Primary School, From 2003 to 2009 I completed both secondary and high school degree at Bak Touk High School, and from 2009 to 2014 I successfully completed my law degree at University of Cambodia. I was working while studying to support my degree, so I got opportunity to work in different fields. I used to be a volunteer of Helping Our Community Club that try to help poor community. To add more, I used to work as course coordinator for Trinon Collegium Practicum, this is a course that bring dentist from oversea to help putting implant to Cambodian patient for free. In 2012, I completed the Tour Guide Training Course that organized by Ministry of Tourism, since then I’m working as a Free Lance English Speaking Tour Guide and this carrier have allowed to travel almost every places in Cambodia and It was an eyes opening for me. In March 2014, I was invited to participate on Young Social Entrepreneurs Program that organized by Singapore International Foundation and I was inspired very much from the speakers and successful social entrepreneurs that made me want to do the same. To me,I believe that every journey that I take always enlighten me to the sheer of wisdom and to unlock my potentials that are hiding inside me. I cannot agree more that every path that I walk is surly brought me lot of precious experiences, as a result from what I have been through is made me for being who I am right now. That’s why I choose to start up the project that helping people in needs in Cambodia.