All of our handicrafts are made by marginalised women who have graduated from the sewing program at Human and Hope Association in Siem Reap, Cambodia. They make these items at their homes, using machines purchases interest-free through Human and Hope Association’s microfinance program. These ladies receive fair wages and constant development. When you make a purchase you are not only supporting these women to break the poverty cycle, you are also providing education to marginalised Cambodians with the proceeds. To learn more about Human and Hope Association, please visit their website.
SAVDY – VOCATIONAL TRAINING COORDINATOR
My name is Savdy. I was born into a poor family in Battambang Province. I was very fortunate to study at university, and I graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Rural Development in 2014. Ever since I was young, I wanted to work for an NGO because I like to help people.
I am now the Vocational Training Coordinator at Human and Hope Association, and I work to develop the sewing program and the sewing business. The working environment is great, and I feel so happy to help the wonderful women who work to make our handicrafts.
PHALLA – SEWING TEACHER
My name is Phalla. I studied in the first sewing term at Human and Hope Association. After the term was over, I was hired to be a sewing assistant. I worked with Teacher Seyla and he taught me how to be a teacher. In 2015 I became a sewing teacher and teach the students at Human and Hope Association and also make the product samples for Hope Handicrafts. I only studied until grade seven, and thought my life would be hopeless. However, now I have a good skill and can help other women move out of poverty, too.
CHOMRONG – SEWING TEACHER/SEAMSTRESS
My name is Chomrong and I am from a province away from Siem Reap. I have three children, and I am so happy that two of them study in the education program at HHA, and the youngest one will study in the future.
When I graduated from the sewing program at Human and Hope Association in February 2015 I was so proud of myself. I set up a small business at my home, and my husband and I are now building a stable house as I earn money from this skill.
Human and Hope Association always believe in me, and now I have been promoted to sewing teacher so I can help other women to move out of poverty with the skill of sewing.
SANGORB – SEAMSTRESS
My name is Sangborb. I graduated from the sewing program at Human and Hope Association in November 2016. When I was young I had to take care of my family’s cows, so I only studied in grade one at public school. I was working as a builder when I found out about our sewing program through a staff member who promoted the program in my village. I was lucky because my husband supported me to study. I took out a microfinance loan after studying for three months, and I was so happy because on the first day I earnt $1.25 by fixing my neighbour’s clothes!
My village doesn’t have many tailors, so I get a lot of business. In addition to that, I make products for HHA so I am able to support my family. My husband and I are so happy about our future.
SAMPHEAS – SEAMSTRESS
My name is Sampheas. When I was in grade nine, I failed my yearly exam, so I stopped studying. I stayed at home to look after my siblings. When I was 18, I began working in a golf club, collecting golf balls. I fell in love when I was 20 and got married, however my married life was awful. After we had two children, my husband left us. We didn’t have enough money to live. I worked as a housekeeper, then a construction builder. One day, my Aunty told my parents and I about the sewing program at Human and Hope Association. However, my parents encouraged me, so I decided to study in the hope I could set up a sewing shop at my home. I am now studying in the advanced class and have a small sewing business at my home. I am so happy I chose to learn sewing, as I now have a skill that is useful for my life. I also learn great knowledge every Friday, which teaches me how to set goals and control my mind better than before.
SEYLA – SEWING ADVISOR
My name is Seyla. I am the Sewing Advisor at Human and Hope Association. I come from a poor family and studied sewing at an NGO. I was determined to use my skill to move myself out of poverty so I started my own business at home. I use my experiences to encourage our seamstresses to work hard and always try to improve. I am so proud of my team and feel so happy when I see them earn money to support their families.
I used to work as the Vocational Training Manager at Human and Hope Association, and now I live in Australia, helping to sell handicrafts and also providing advice to the team in Cambodia. If you see me at markets in Australia, be sure to say hello. I would love to practice my English with you and tell you more about Human and Hope Association!