“Life is a struggle!” This is the slogan that helped Nget Piseth fight from life as a scavenger boy to successful writer and technology entrepreneur.
Piseth said that poverty was one of the hardest barriers to overcome, but even though it frightened him, he knew he had to do it. After graduating high school in Takeo province, he left home and moved to Phnom Penh, the centre of the Kingdom’s economy.
“I arrived in Phnom Penh in 2012 with two or three changes of clothes and 20,000 riel left over from the taxi ride. I didn’t even have a bicycle or an old phone at that time. More importantly, I didn’t know where to go to study,” he explained.
After facing many obstacles, he found accommodations and enrolled at a university.
“I sold souvenirs around Phnom Penh when I first joined the school. Some days I earned no money to buy rice, so I just drank tap water. I didn’t have enough study materials, but I was determined to do well. I wanted to accomplish something that would mean the youth of the next generations would not have to struggle as hard as I did,” he said.
His efforts paid off. He is the author of several books and has created a reading app called Why Read that can be used by students from all over the world to absorb knowledge.
“There are many documents that students access from anywhere, at any time. If any of your readers lack the money to access the app, please let me know. I will open an account for them so they can read all of the works in my app for free. Although I have not been able to help society as much as I want to yet, I am doing my best to cultivate our country’s human resources as much as possible,” he said.
The third of four siblings, Piseth was born in Roneam commune’s Sophy village, of Takeo province’s Traing district. He completed a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature degree from Pannasastra University of Cambodia.
He is currently the director of Why Read Co Ltd and the director of Prince Books. Many of his books have been published and appear in school libraries. This includes Roeung Marm-Strong, which encourages discussion around the subject of depression.
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