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16 Jun 2012

Supporting Smart Social Enterprises in Cambodia

About 18 months ago, I posted here about a campaign some friends of mine ran to kick-start some social enterprises in Cambodia through their not-for-profit organisation Kinyei.

These businesses have taken off, and now my friends want to step back and hand them over to their local staff, so they become completely locally owned and run. This push is also in need of some funds though, and so there’s another campaign. The money raised from this will ensure that the necessary training can be given to the staff, so they’re ready to manage the businesses.

There’s only a few days before the fundraising deadline, and much like Kickstarter, if the target is not met, none of the funding gets passed through – and Kinyei haven’t quite got to that target yet. So, if you can chip in, please do!

Kinyei and Friends

I’ve been lucky enough to visit Battambang in Cambodia in the last year, and was able to see the projects in full flight – and it’s quite clear that the local staff have gained a massive amount of knowledge, skills and life experience from being involved. Particularly of note is their cafe baristas, who have become so well regarded that they compete at the country barista championships and train baristas at other cafes and hotels in Cambodia.

So if you can send some money their way, I know it’ll go to a great cause and make a clear difference. Just head on over to their campaign page to donate.

Seyla, Me and Chouert at Kinyei

29 Dec 2010

Kickstarting Collaboration and Co-working over Coffee in Cambodia

A couple of weeks ago, some dear friends of mine started a campaign on Kickstarter to raise funds for their cafe. Now, in most situations, you’d be correct to question whether such a campaign deserves to be on Kickstarter – why should people chip in to see a cafe come into being?

However, Kinyei’s cafe is quite special. To begin with, it’s in the town of Battambang, one of the regional hubs of Cambodia. And it’s not just a cafe – Kinyei are creating a space for co-working, collaboration and social ventures. They are supporting local Khmer entrepreneurs and community leaders in building businesses, running social awareness campaigns, hosting concerts, and conducting workshops. The introductory video does an excellent job at providing some context:

Kinyei have already been doing amazing things in Battambang – but this cafe will help them grow, and assist them in enabling local Khmer to grab opportunities with both hands. Cambodia is inundated with charities and aid organisations, and it’s extremely important that the Khmer people are given opportunities to take command of their lives.

So, if you’ve got some spare cash lying around after Christmas, perhaps you’d like to send it Kinyei’s way – it will definitely be put to good use.

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