Life Experience with Hinrich Foundation support
It has been two years and a half that I’m with the Hinrich Foundation. This exclude the one-year scholarship program provided by the Foundation in International Journalism Studies in Hong Kong. Here’s some snapshot of my time at school and at work.
Life as a Hinrich Global Trade Leader Scholar in Hong Kong.
There were some professional guest speakers who came to share their experience in covering story in a foreign country. One of the quotes I remember was: “Don’t follow your own eyes and make assumption, go and ask questions. What you and other see maybe different—the truth maybe complex,” said Aernout van Lynden, an international correspondent and editor for many media agencies such as the BBC radio and the Washington Post.
Life as an Export Manager for Hinrich Foundation in Cambodia
Back to Cambodia starting the work with the Hinrich Foundation to help small and medium scale suppliers in handicraft sector to increase their export sales. The objective was to increase employment opportunity for underprivileged producer who most of them are deaf, mute, victim of polio, landmine accident. Some of them are victim of HIV/AID and some are single mother.
This is something different from my educational background and experience but I enjoyed it very much. I like the job and the direct communication with buyers and suppliers.
With support from the team, there was an increase of buyers and we could double the bazaars in Hong Kong starting from 4 in 2013 to 8 in 2014. This has provided a learning opportunity for scholars and volunteers to learn, exchange and help people at the same time.
It took me one year and a half to get this order. She was very friendly and kind, and it took her one year to test the quality of the products and she get back with high satisfaction. We are happy when buyer is happy. It takes time and patience and friendly follow up on each of the task. Sales is challenge but the more challenge it is, the more learning we gain.
These are some of the current customers who came to see us at the booth after the invitation. Some of them are new customers. I was so glad I could meet them in person after one to two years communication through email and phone.
Thank you once again to the Hinrich Foundation for providing me the opportunity to learn and involve in trade.
About the Author – Naratevy Kek