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Poverty means having the ability but lacking the opportunity

I am from the province, my parents are poor rice farmers. We experienced obstacles. As our income was low, our parents could not afford to send us to secondary school and these things prevented us to go where we wanted to go. For me what defines poverty is having the ability but lacking the opportunity.

When I finished primary school I moved to Bangkok, to look for a job, knowledge and experience. I had a goal in life and wanted to have what the others have : I want to have an education, I want to have opportunities. I did everything to get money in order to go to school. If I was hired to wash the dishes, to cook food, I would take the job, so that I could access education like other people and improve my life. I would attend class and then I would go to work in the evening. I learned from the jobs, from the experiences and it allowed me to progress. I looked for ways and I started to train myself in sales. For this you need to set a goal, have a service mind, want the consumers to get quality products, be sincere with them, give them quality service. You must know your customers, know what they want, in what season you can provide which products, and in so doing you will reach your goal to know your customers.

Today, I don’t have much income and there is hardship for me still, but I want a better life for my children, I want them to be able to have education like others, good jobs, and live well.

My message to people in poverty is don’t think that you are underprivileged but try to find a way to break through from that state and show others what you can do.

Khun N.