MY WHY – MY VISION
I care alot for human and nature and my vision in life is promoting sustainability by supporting people connecting with themselves, with nature and with community. I’ve been working in community development, English coach and agronomist and I’ve been learning on this journey as a founder of Bamboo Boat Fishsauce, LeaderTalks and HamaVillage.
I believe that sustainability can be achieved when traditional value is respected and preserved, people living in a harmonious environment with love and care for others.
WHAT DO I DO?
I was born and grown up in a fishery family in Quang Tri province. After graduation from Hue university of Agriculture and Forestry, I worked for a community development project in my hometown for 2 years, funded by Finnish Government aiming at building community capacity to resilience to climate change.
Thanks to my efforts and commitment for community development, I got 2 full-scholarship for Master degree which are Australian Leadership Award and New Zealand Development Scholarship. I graduated Master of Sustainability in the University of Adelaide, Australia in 2012.
After graduation, I went home and set up Bamboo Boat Fish Sauce Company since early 2013. The business aims at cultural preservation, provide traditional authentic fish sauce and shrimp paste for community. It also creates more job opportunity for women and generates green supply chain for local economy.
Thanks to my innovation, I got Global Leader Change fellowship, funded by Canadian Government, to study Leadership & Development in the Coady International Institute, in 2014. In the Public Speaking course, I have been inspired by Halina, our trainer. She trained me how to give speech in an inspiring and powerful way while keeping my authentic voice.
I believe that English is a key that changes my life, from a fishery girl to become the Fish Sauce Queen today. It has turned my life, my 5 younger siblings and my family to new page, definitely new page, much brighter. It also brings a lot of opportunities for my career and personal development.
To be a professional English speaker in public speaking, I got incredible supports from many people who provide me scholarship for English tuition fee, Peter – an Australian retired English teacher helped me for 2 years personal coach, Ellenor for 2 year continously talking to me, Halina for her coach and inspiration. I really appreciate for those who help me on this journey. I want to pass my wisdom and experience on learning English so I set up LeaderTalks Institution for training English, Communication and Leadership skills.
We’ve developed online, offline, full-time and part-time programs which have three components: Clear Speaking, Master Speaking and Real Speaking that supports our students who come from any level, be able to communicate English confidently and effectively. English changes my life and I believe it works to my students too. Almost 5 years, we’ve been sucessfully coached for almost 1,000 Vietnamese students around the world communicate English clearly and fluently.
At this moment, I’m working on Organic farming in HamaVillage, we produce compost for our farm and farm around. We want to focus on ethnic minority women in Gia Nghia town, DakNong, providing them compost with lowest price and cultivation techniques to recover the land and start a new life. If you know is there any funding for traning for our minority women in organic agriculture, please let me know.
My vision for Bamboat Fishsauce
I’m known as Fish sauce Queen, a founder and managing director of Bamboo Boat Social Enterprise which produce traditional fish sauce and shrimp paste in Vietnam. The business aims at cultural preservation, provide traditional authentic fish sauce and shrimp paste for community.
It also creates more job opportunity for women and generates green supply chain for local economy. I believe that sustainability can be achieved when traditional value is respected and preserved, people living in a harmonious environment with love and care for others.
I’m an eldest sister of 7 siblings in a fishery family. My mother used to make Mắm (Fishsauce, Shirmp paste and fish/prawn fermentation) and feed my siblings since a child when we were poor so we love and really appreciate Mắm. I also believe that when women having regular income, they are more likely to invest in education for their children, thus we would have better generation.
Home: HamaVillage, Phu Xuan, Dak Nia commune, Gia Nghia town, Daknong Province, Vietnam
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