Mrs. Men

Mrs. Men

Mrs. Men has contributed immensely to society and ultimately to the development of the nation immediately following the genocidal regime. From 1982 to 1989, she started her public career at the Municipality of Phnom Penh in various roles from accountant to inspector. Her role as accountant and her duty as a civil servant enabled her to see to the rebuilding of the Capital. The lack of (human) resources and proper support channels at the time were adverse to any and all entities that had hoped to put the pieces of the city and country back together. Notably, Mrs. Men’s designation as Inspector of the Capital’s various district markets allowed her to create special bonds, rapports, and a sense of togetherness with people from all walks of life — the farmers supplying the markets, the vendors selling the goods including those who were late with rent for their stalls, the security guards and parking tenants. Afterall, the markets were the core of a developing society — a place that embodied peace, free movement and where the population could interact. This designation conceived relationships that empowered Mrs. Men’s people-to-people skills — an affirmation of her nature in constantly nurturing others.

With her time at the Municipality of Phnom Penh, it became even clearer to Mrs. Men that there was no better alternative to education, especially when it comes to the responsibility to nurture those who lack the education in the first place. Many of the challenges she faced while working as a civil servant were a result of the lack of basic education, both in public and private sectors, and thereby impeding the growth and advancement of society. Her commitment to education is reflected in the upbringing of her son whom she had supported to study abroad at a very young age. For her, it was the hardest decision to make, having him away from family for long periods of time and having to sacrifice various (financial) means to fund the education.

At the same time, cutting her losses for her son’s education was a turning point for Mrs. Men in her professional career — she had already moved on from the public to the private sector and undertaken various entrepreneurial initiatives. While business was still business, her fundamental objective was to empower those around — in other words, no one got the shorter end of the stick. Her vision to have her son educated abroad attested to this ambition to empower. It was a source of mutual inspiration in that the sacrifices made were rewarded accordingly.

Lastly, thanks to her stint at the Municipality of Phnom Penh, Mrs. Men has been able to maintain a professional network of now-influential individuals who support her initiatives and objectives in various ways. Thus, her business partners today, no matter old or new, are better labelled as her friends. As aforementioned, Mrs. Men’s work strives to avoid any stakeholder receiving the shorter end of the stick, and this includes her beloved nation she has helped rebuild, in which much of her work today is carried out and done so, in the name of development.

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