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It all started in 2013
During his Junior year of college at Chapman University (Orange, CA), Founder Kyle Kim-E decided to spend his spring break in the amazing country of Cambodia – what many at the time considered an “alternative spring break.”
Prior to leaving, Kyle did research and learned startling statistics about Cambodia. One in particular stood out – nearly 75% of Cambodia’s annual deaths are attributed to contaminated water. Unable to understand why this number was surprisingly high, Kyle went to Cambodia with an open mind. After a life-changing experience, he was exposed to the country’s tragic history, poverty, and lack of water education. It was easy to see how these life-threatening conditions created alarming water problems in Cambodia. Upon returning from his trip in 2013, Kyle partnered with his Cambodian friend & business partner, Savry Sok, to establish a 501(c)3 non-profit called Wells for Wellbeing.
After graduating from Chapman University in 2014, Kyle began to think about ways that he could expand his water projects in Cambodia but also create a sustainable, profitable business. After nearly a year and a half of multiple trips to Cambodia, KhamaiWare was formed – a business that can provide jobs that meet the needs of Cambodian families and also provide clean water through water filters for each pair of shoes sold.