Chem Sopheap

CHEM-SOPHEAPSopheap is the eldest daughter in a family of 5 children.

Her father was killed during the war in 1975, and her mother struggled to take care of the children during the Khmer Rouge years and the following decades of poverty, war and political unrest.

Sopheap lost her legs to polio and her brother lost his legs to a landmine.

None of her siblings had the opportunity to study, as they all had to work to support the family.

Sopheap got married in 2001 with the expectation that she could rely on her husband for support.

Instead, she was subjected to severe physical abuse, and was abandoned  her when her daughter was just 3 months old.

She was left to fend for herself and survive by selling things on the streets of Phnom Penh.

In 2002 she was picked up and sheltered by a charitable organization.

She joined one of Kromas suppliers, Peace, in 2004 as a trainee and received a full wage during this time.

Now she is able to help her daughter and hopes that her daughter will have a better life than the one she herself has had.

“Life was unbearable then”, she recalls, “I am proud of what I have achieved. I can now take care of myself and my daughter”.