Kinzang Dema hails from the South-central region of the country but she received her secondary school education in the capital city of Bhutan. Since the age of 12, Kinzang was raised by her single father who never let her and her three siblings feel the absence of her mother.
“I learned a lot of values from my father who worked so hard to provide us with all that we ever needed. He instilled in me the courage and strength to stand up for myself and also taught me the importance of being kind.”
After high school, Kinzang wanted to earn a living for herself so she decided to look for a job. She was passionate about photography and luckily enough, she got an opportunity at a big firm as a photobook designer and editor. She worked in the firm for three years, doing overtime and working late at nights. However, she was being paid a very minimal salary. So Kinzang tried other ways of earning through her own online business.
“I didn’t continue my education after high school because I didn’t want to depend on my father and burden him with my responsibilities any longer. I also knew that I could learn anywhere and I had the drive to prove myself. So, working as a photobook designer felt very rewarding. However, the earnings from it were not enough to help me sustain an independent life. I would work overtime without pay on most days and I wasn’t able to give back to my father with that earning.”
So while Kinzang still had a job during the pandemic, she had other people who had lost their jobs and she wanted to do more to help. Accordingly, Kinzang applied for AB Ventures and her sincerity and potential got her the job.
“I believe AB Ventures would help me become so independent and reliant that I would be able to look after my father and my family. I also see myself having my own photobook studio of a large scale and being able to work with international clients would help me broaden my dreams to a global level.”