KOTO, Know One Teach One
While living in Ho Chi Minh City in June 2018, I met and worked with the amazing team at KOTO Saigon, a training restaurant that serves as a platform for disadvantaged youths to fine tune their skills in hospitality service and the culinary arts.
Founded over 19 years ago, KOTO is Vietnam’s first ever social enterprise. It is responsible for the care, education and training of youths from all kinds of troubled paths; from trafficking to abandonment, tribe minorities to homelessness. Today, KOTO has supported over 1000 students, with 200 students currently enrolled. The enterprise also now includes a bakery, a cooking class and a catering service.
My role in at KOTO was to extensively photograph their current and new menu as well as their staff and restaurant space. I also provided social media, marketing and design support to the team. You can read more about the enterprise and my time with them here.