December 16, 2009
You can be any age and make a difference
I was driving into work on Monday morning when I heard a story on NPR that intrigued me. It was about a couple in their seventies who are helping Cambodian women get out of the sex trade through a company called Mekong Blue.
It caught my attention because of the nature of the story, obviously an important topic. But the story was also about the couple, who are based right here in Nashville! They also talked about how they are not that savvy with ecommerce, but are learning as they go. How cool is that?
I pictured my dad who refuses to learn anything new, especially when it involves something that plugs into a wall. I hope he takes notice of Charles and Anne Riddle.
It just goes to show you that you can be any age and make a difference, while learning something new at the same time. Not too shabby, eh?
NPR’s summary is…
A retired minister in Nashville is using an online store to help keep Cambodian women out of the sex trade. Socially-minded entrepreneurs have used the Internet to help artisans from remote regions earn a living wage selling their wares all over the world. WPLN’s Blake Farmer reports on one such project supporting silk weavers in Cambodia called Mekong Blue.
What can you do?
Buy one of their beautiful scarves. 100% of the proceeds goes to provide education, job training, meals, daycare and—ultimately—a better life for the women and families of the Stung Treng region.