Meet Chandy

#Reimagine: Meet Chandy, a future entrepreneur employing many.

Jaime Gill
©UNICEF Cambodia/2020/Antoine Raab
UNICEF Cambodia/2020/Antoine Raab
11 November 2020

I am Chandy. I wasn’t too sad when schools closed because I was lucky to have a computer so I could study at home and the rest of the day I went to the market where my parents work. I do like school, but I also liked spending time at the market and talking to people there. My family say I talk too much!

If I can, I would love to finish school and then go to America to study English in university. I love it when I see America on TV, it looks beautiful and with wonderful shops. In my spare time I watch a lot of English shows on my parent’s phone, mostly cartoons. That’s fun but it’s also teaching me. Another way I have fun is playing with my friends at school, or drawing pictures.

©UNICEF Cambodia/2020/Antoine Raab
UNICEF Cambodia/2020/Antoine Raab

There are 11 people in my house in Banlung town so it can be quite crowded. That’s one of the reasons I like it when my big sister takes me to the café near our house. It’s my favourite place, stylish and relaxing. That’s where I had my idea to one day run a business. I’d like to create a nice coffee shop, and then work to make it successful. Then, when it is popular, I would open a few more, not too many. I could give jobs to lots of people and make lots of people happy with beautiful cafes.

I know it takes hard work to succeed but I think I can work hard and my parents push me if I ever get lazy. They sell shoes in the market and they tell me: ‘Life as a shopkeeper is hard, it takes up all your energy. If you get educated you will have a better life.’ They are right but I like to have fun, too.