23 Mar Breakthrough Blog
What Breakthrough am I wanting?
Breakthrough definition :
a sudden, dramatic, and important discovery or development.
My expectations before coming to volunteer on this development project were to understand a new way of living, have a taste of working in development & gain experience of developing business in a new context to make a difference for the people I am working with. All of these expectations are based on the project work, which is my first Breakthrough – I have discovered in this time that working hard & being effective in my work is extremely important to me.
The project work is to develop micro-businesses in rural communities in the Kratie province of Cambodia, using business as a way to tackle poverty, a proactive approach to tackling a world issue that becomes less reliant on charity donations. My breakthrough about this project work to tackle a social issue with business is a tangible development that I find important in my work. I like to see outcomes from my work, I would not like to be working on a development project that I couldn’t measure the progress of.
Where we live is a rural farming community, our host house is a traditional Cambodian wooden house on stilts. Washing with a pan of cold water & using a squat latrine is all good experience to learn how comfortable my life is back in the UK. Our monthly income is equal to the living wage of garment worker’s in Phnom Penh $128 a month, sometimes it’s a challenge to keep to this budget but a challenge that has taught me to understand that if I have a place to sleep, food to eat I can go without other luxuries.
I am still on the journey of learning, so more breakthrough’s to come. Stay tuned and follow the #BreakthroughCambodia – join in the discussion & comment 🙂