Kasemsri is 23 years old and comes from the small Karen village of Poblaqui in Thailand. She is the third of five brothers and sisters. In Karen families, 3/4 of young girls from 15 to 20 years entrust their spouses with meeting the family’s needs. Kasemsri chose another path.
“When I was very young, I signed up for the hospitality-catering training course, my parents were faced with much criticism: some people from my village claimed that the hotel and catering business was a den of iniquity. I would never have gone beyond primary school if I hadn’t been for the support of my parents and the school. Eight years later, I am the Operations Director for a hotel-restaurant and a teacher at the hospitality school in Mae Sot! “