In Cambodia, there are a lot of waste, such as food, plastic, organic and etc, that are being thrown away. This is a really big problem in Cambodia. I was in this exploration that try to reduce the waste in the community. Beside reducing waste, we’re trying to make a business, that we’re going to provide a service to people. This exploration improve my thinking to be very strong and be creative. I did a lot of thinking with my teammates to write the feasibility study, to see if we can run this business. Basically I did many small trips to interviewed and observed the community. We saw many waste, that had been thrown away in public. I came back and start thinking of what we should do to find a way to reduce waste and to earn some money. Basically I have done two type of writing, one is the risks and challenges and another one is economic feasibility. My challenge in this exploration is to write about the economic feasibility because I need to estimate about the amount of houses, restaurants and shops in the market. To finish the economics feasibility, it took me a very long time and working with my facilitator to make sure that the result is what we want Even though there are challenges, I still enjoy with working on this stuff, because I love studying about business.
This is the first exploration of 5th year of Liger. I’m participating in an exploration call Iron Deficiency. Many people in Cambodia are having a health issue and it is anemia. We learn about three types of thing that cause people to have anemia, but the main type of anemia that we study is iron deficiency anemia. One excited thing was to work with a company called Lucky Iron Fish. The company’s goal is to reduce amount of people who have anemia that cause by iron deficiency. Our goal is also to reduce people who have anemia in Cambodia, and that’s why we work together very well. Our group planned to go to Siem Reap at the rural area to give a workshop about anemia and distribute the Lucky Iron Fish from the company. During my time at Siem Reap, everyone did a great job to give a beautiful workshop. We did the same workshop at three different places for four times. It was very challenged, but everyone seem to enjoy what they do. Beside giving the workshop, I also went to visit some places and I was really delight seeing all those beautiful stuff. After the trip everyone got to study and do a research about the disease that they want to study. I was studying about diabetes and I know the science about how people can get diabetes. It is very fun to learn about this exploration because I can create change for Cambodia.
On August 12th, 13th and 14th, I participated in an event called Makerthon. This is the first time that Makerthon located in Cambodia. It is my pleasure to join the event. There are many people who participate in that events, both foreigners and Cambodian. I spent three days in that event. My group have four people, two from Liger and the other two are university’s students. On the first day I listened to the MC and tried to network with new people. I also work on making small prototype from pieces of paper. The second day I and my teammates are working on making into another prototype but bigger and from cardboard and other recycling materials. The last day was very exciting, I need to write the script to the speech to the audiences, especially the judges. The time come, I felt very anxious for my turn to give a speech, but I tried to be very brave and also my teammates gave me an encouragement which made me felt very comfortable. The time come, I gave a speech about my prototype very clearly, but beside being very brave, I also feel very nervous. The judges were really serious, but in my mind I think I did well. At last we didn’t win and the winner is a professor from a university in Cambodia. Although, we didn’t win but we did well because we are just a students and they are the professor, but at last all Liger students won a prize and get a few materials. Everyone was very happy about this event, even though they didn’t win. I was also very delight to join this amazing event because it gave me a good experience from this event.