Celebrating Five Years of a Life-Changing Sewing Program

Written by Sally Hetherington, former Operations Manager at Human and Hope Association. Originally posted on sallyhetherington.com.  From my initial days at Human and Hope Association, I had always planned to get a sewing program up and running. I knew that English classes weren’t for everyone, and for those villagers who were over eighteen and hadn’t …

A success story of our graduate sewing student, Sampheas

Originally posted on Human and Hope Association. Sampheas stopped studying in grade 9 when she failed the exam. Then she just stayed home and looks after her sisters and brothers. When she was 18 she worked in a golf club as a Caddy, collecting golf ball. At the age of 20, she got married, but …

Sewing Program 2017 Update

Throughout the year 2017, we are proud to witness the ongoing progress made by our Cambodian students who have demonstrated their enthusiasm and resilience as they take steps to breaking free of the poverty cycle. In closing this year, Human and Hope Association welcomed 12 bright students who have joined our Sewing Program. Five students …

How Microfinance Loans are Empowering Women in Siem Reap

The sewing program at Human and Hope Association has empowered dozens of women to break the cycle of poverty. Apart from sewing training, life skills lessons, business workshops and farming training, these Cambodian women can participate in a microfinance program. For just $140USD, they can purchase their own sewing machine through Human and Hope Association, …

How This Sewing Program in Cambodia is Empowering Women

How This Sewing Program in Cambodia is Empowering Women When Sangorb was young she dreamed of a future where she had a big house and lots of family living with her. Her dream was pushed into the back of her mind, when at age eight, she was forced to stop studying at public school so …

Changing lives with the skill of sewing

Imagine loving studying, but being forced to stop because your parents just simply couldn’t afford the fees for public school. This is the case for all of our seamstresses who create our ethically made products. From a young age they are forced to take care of cows, collect rubbish, make rattan baskets or work as …

Empowering Cambodian women with ethical purchases

Every few weeks we like to shine a light on the incredibly inspirational sewing students at Human and Hope Association. These women have overcome many obstacles in their lives, and to commit to the sewing program and their own businesses is a really amazing achievement. We are so proud of them and their commitment and …

From a Waitress to a Teacher – Phalla’s Inspiring Story

 The creators of our gorgeous ethical products are graduated sewing students at Human and Hope Association, a grassroots, sustainable NGO in Siem Reap, Cambodia. These ladies come from very marginalized backgrounds; to put it bluntly, they are the poorest of the poor. However, thanks to the 10-month sewing program at Human and Hope Association, they …