Mr Eam Ou
18 Years Old
District: Svay Chek
Province: Bantheay Meanchey
Training: Motorbike Repair
Before his training, Ou was a high school student who was going to have to rely on his parents completely. He is now more independent, trained in a trade and with business skills. He has borrowed the land and workshop from his uncle in order to start his business.
Initially Mr Ou found the training too difficult, and contemplated leaving the training facility. However, when the staff showed him that other students suffering the same condition as he is were able to complete their training and run successful businesses, he decided to stick it out and complete his course. Now he is reaping the benefits for his determination, and finds his work much easier.
He has also learnt how to spray paint, giving him an advantage over other motorbike repairers in his area. On average he earns 15000 Riel per day, and he hopes to save enough money to expand his shop and become continuingly more successful and independent.
Ou was a bright and cheerful young man, revelling in his new found independence and qualification. He had that youthful exuberance that all men of his age should have. It was great to see that despite his condition, he was carrying on with his life as any 18 year old would.