Today is our second anniversary since launching Hope Handicrafts! When we first launched our business on Valentine’s Day 2015, we offered more than 30 different handicrafts. As time progressed, we learnt more about what our customers were interested in, and what they were not. It was an ongoing learning experience for us, and to be honest, we are still developing our social business and absorbing new knowledge every day!
We are proud that we continue to be 100% run by volunteers, meaning that ALL the proceeds from your purchases go right back to Human and Hope Association in Siem Reap, Cambodia. You can be proud that you are providing education to marginalised Cambodian children with your purchases. Not only this, you are also empowering the women who make these handicrafts at their homes.
Our seamstresses continue to receive professional development opportunities every Sunday through Human and Hope Association. This has enabled one of our seamstresses, Chomrong, to develop her skills and become a sewing teacher at Human and Hope Association.
Our seamstresses also partake in a staff savings scheme, where 3.5% of their salary is matched and kept away safe and sound until their nominated goal is reached. Our seamstresses Saney and Saroun were able to install electricity at their homes because of the money they saved in this scheme.
Added to this, our talented seamstresses have received two salary increases over the past couple of years. As a result, our seamstress, Heak, was able to purchase her own hemming machine outright with her salary, and Chomrong was able to commence construction on a stable house for her family.
As you can see, your purchases DO make a difference. To celebrate our anniversary, we are offering 25% off ALL purchases for the next two days! Use the code ‘2NDANNIVERSARY’ at the checkout to apply the discount.
Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to seeing what the future brings!