The Woman Behind Saisumpan, Dawn Manichanh. A True American Success Story.
Dawn Manichanh is the co-founder and co-host of the internet show Saisumpan, a home shopping program which sells health supplements and is currently broadcast live on Lao-iTV. She is also chief treasurer of Global Communication 4 U, Inc (GC4U). The company’s primary mission is to protect human rights worldwide and increase well-being through natural healing. She saw an opportunity to help her community and through GC4U, she was able to launch Saisumpan as a sub-division.
Dawn and her family immigrated to the United States from Laos in 1982 after her eldest sister immigrated with her immediate family only a few years earlier. They all landed in San Diego, California and has remained since. Out of her six siblings, Dawn was one of the two younger children who was able to attend school in the Unites States. She earned her high school diploma at San Diego High School in 1985. Most of her family avoided assimilating to the American culture but Dawn embraced it. Hence, the seed of the American dream was planted.
After earning her diploma, Dawn went on to work for Cobham, a large defense systems manufacturer in San Diego. She worked for the company for years and while there, played a little with the idea of starting her own business, but never took it to fruition. After 20 years at Cobham, she suffered an injury at work and was no longer able to work. Instead of accepting defeat, she changed her outlook and had a paradigm shift. Naturally, the opportunity presented itself and in 2009 she was made chief treasurer for GC4U. In 2010 Saisumpan was launched.
Among health and well-being, family and faith holds profound value to Dawn. As a young adult, she converted to Christianity but never lost her Buddhist roots. She is a mother of three sons, Panthong (29), Scott (27) and Jonathan (19), now all adults and successful in their own endeavors. She raised her children in a christian home and regularly attended church. Noy, her husband of 10 years, shares in her beliefs and the passion she has to help others. He is also the co-host of Saisumpan.
“I love being exposed to different cultures and learning new things. It teaches my heart and mind how to love earth and respect nature. Changing people’s lives for the better is the goal of my company and nothing compares to the joy and gratification it brings me.” Dawn Manichanh.
Part of her American dream was to own her own successful business and she has achieved it.