Meet the founder!
Immigrated to the USA from Vietnam, Khoa attended high school in Glendale, California. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Marines and was deployed for 12 months in the Horn of Africa. As part of his operations, Khoa engaged in community building; he and his company delivered supplies to villages, interacting with the local school children and provided basic security for the locals.
Part 1 - A year in the Horn of Africa
*GMG Network is the non-profit side of Klemensen*
Part 2 - Going full time as a social entrepreneur.
Upon returning to the States from his deployment, Khoa felt the need to do more for the global community that lead to the creation of Klemensen. Klemensen is a Social Enterprise with a mission to alleviate global poverty.
We started out with a small project at a children orphanage in Ensenada, Mexico, we now find ourselves working in 12 countries!
Part 3 - Sustainable Growth & Impact
We use a portion of our revenue to create a perpetual fund to provide scholarships for children in rural communities and support women-owned businesses in developing countries.
Meet Aon, she is and amazing person and an ambitious young entrepreneur. At only 21 years old, she is currently a law student and have started a growing business with three locations in Thailand.
This is Mr. Gift, our taxi driver who later became one of our closest friend in the area. He is the one who took us to all the local schools.
Ganesh is a Nepalese refugee working as a tailor in Thailand. He is working really hard to provide for his family in Myranmar. He happens to make some really awesome clothes!
Part 4 - Fighting through the pandemic
We believe the best way to improve quality of life for the children is through their parents. We look for opportunities to invest in small women-owned businesses to help expand their operations. According to statistics, women are much more likely to reinvest the income they earn into the welfare of their families, in education, health and home improvement.
Two third of the people who are illiterate are women. There are over 500 million women in the developing world who lacks literacy. That's a self-perpetuating problem because if you don't educate the women, you don't educate the next generation.
Most existing non-profits are dragged down with high over-head costs, competing for the depleting donor pool in which resulted in low wage & unenthused staff, and in turn creating minimal impact.
What if non-profits turn into social enterprises to have the focus and tenacity of a blue-chip company? Quarterly reports - results, results, results. Setting audacious goals to create social impact and at the same time reaching these goals with sustainable development strategies.
Part 5 - Still in writing...
We need more social entrepreneurs, join us!