WCS-005: Rachel Goble prevents child prostitution with the SOLD Project

RachelJoin us as Rachel shares practical advice and tools for how she manages her organization and reaches out to people around the world.

About Rachel Goble:

Rachel is President of The SOLD Project, an organization that prevents child prostitution through education by providing scholarships and resources to at-risk children in Thailand. Rachel and the SOLD Project believe in the power of story which they share through their award-winning films.


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Personal Mantra:

If you can’t feed 100 people, then feed just one.

~ Mother Teresa

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

~ Nelson Mandela

When she almost gave up:

Financial difficulties have made life difficult on a number of occasions.

Also, early in 2013, a 14-year old student they had been supporting was lured into trafficking with material things (cellphone, clothing, etc.) and it was appealing for her. The girl finally understood the dangers and avoided it, but Rachel realized how complicated the trafficking situation is. A question they had to struggle with: At what point are they advocating for a girl’s freedom and when are they just imposing their own values and desires onto her?

When she knows the work she is doing is making a difference:

When their programs help a girl like the one described above.

One of the girls they helped named Kat was spared experiences in the sex trade at 11 years old and has come very far in the last six years. She now speaks English, calls the Thai staff members, “heroes,” is going on to University, and has lots of dreams for her future.

Practical Advice:

Knowing yourself is important. Know your strengths and weaknesses, motivations, how to build a team around you.

Learn to take smart risks – ones that won’t hurt other people.

Recommended books:

The Lean Startup by Eric Ries – http://theleanstartup.com/

Personal Practice That Keeps her Going on the Tough Days

Paying attention to personal rhythms, get out in nature, try to eat healthy, turn off social media.

Tools or Technology:

Viber for free calling,

Whatsapp for free texting


Google docs

Salesforce.com – 1% giving back model (donated to SOLD) to help with CRM

Who is inspiring you right now?

The Idealist, by Nina Munk – http://www.randomhouse.com/book/118598/the-idealist-by-nina-munk

Nomination for Upcoming World Changer Sessions Guest:

Nikole Lim, Founder of Freely in Hope – http://www.freelyinhope.org/

Justin Dillon – http://slaveryfootprint.org/

How to get in touch with Rachel: