This month, we’re incredibly excited to be handing ownership of Soksabike over to our local management team to lead the next chapter.
When we started out on this journey in Battambang nearly ten years ago, we were struck by the ambition of the young people we were meeting. There were limited employment options, fewer offering valuable professional experience and universities weren’t equipping students with the skills they needed to succeed upon graduation.
Soksabike was founded on the tenets of social impact, responsible tourism, and positive development driven by local communities. The ultimate way to achieve these goals is to ensure community members are making business decisions and determining the best ways businesses like ours can make an impact. We are so very excited to announce that Soksabike is finally achieving our aspiration for majority local ownership by transitioning the business to three veteran staff - Kanha Sam, Mony Pich, and Phalla Chhoy. Their strong commitment to Soksabike over the past 4-5 years combined with their drive to acquire new skills in business operations and leadership, have made them natural choices to take on this challenge. Kanha will be taking the lead role as Managing Director of Soksabike, Mony will lead our marketing initiatives and Phalla will head up the guide training program. The team is taking charge with exciting times ahead of them. Mony and Kanha are heading to Vietnam in a few weeks to compete as a shortlisted applicant for the MIST tourism startup accelerator program. At the same time, Phalla will be leading an AirAsia Foundation visit where they will film a feature on Soksabike for Red Talks with Daphne. Kanha, Mony, and Phalla have what it takes to make Soksabike better than it's ever been. We're thrilled for this next chapter with the local owner team leading the way.
We wanted to take the opportunity again to say thanks for being on the journey. All those years ago we never could have imagined we’d be where we are today and we can’t wait to see what the future holds.
Continue to follow our journey here: https://www.facebook.com/soksabike/ Read more details on the transition here: https://www.soksabike.com/blog/2018/4/13/locallyowned