1,000 Hours of Education to Cambodian Children

In the first half of 2018, your purchases provided over 1,000 hours of education to Cambodian children living in poverty in Siem Reap. One of those children was Clay. Eight-year-old *Clay began studying in the preschool program at Human and Hope Association in 2015. Her father is a builder who would work far away from …

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Where to Shop Ethically in Siem Reap

When travelling through South East Asia, it can always be difficult to know where the souvenirs you purchase are made, and by whom. There is more of a shift nowadays towards ethical and responsible purchases, where both the maker and the consumer benefit. If you are travelling to Siem Reap, we have a few suggestions …

A conversation with Phalla from Human and Hope Association

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Phalla, one of the sewing teachers at Human and Hope Association. Phalla was a student in the very first semester of the sewing program, from April – July 2013. After the semester ended, she was hired as a Sewing Assistant, learning further skills from Human and …

Ditch the chocolate this Easter

Don’t get us wrong. We LOVE chocolate. Dark, milk, white, nutty, fruity. We love it all. However, this Easter, we are asking you to ditch the chocolate. Not, like we said, because there is anything wrong with chocolate. But because by purchasing some ethical products through Hope Handicrafts instead, you will be able to have …

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 …

Spread The Love This Valentine’s Day: Ethical Gifts for Your Valentine

Although we’ve made it past Christmas and New Years’, there’s another important day in our calendars – Valentine’s Day! That’s right, love is in the air as we hurtle towards February 14th, the worldwide day for celebrating L-O-V-E. We’re pretty romantic here at Hope Handicrafts, and so we’ve put together this list of our favourite …

How Adopting an Elephant Improves the Lives of Cambodian Kids

It is pretty astounding to think that by adopting an elephant, you can change a life. But that is exactly what you can do when you shop at Hope Handicrafts.  Between 1975 and 1979, an estimated two million people (a quarter of the population at the time) were killed in Cambodia through starvation, torture, execution, …

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 …

Five Gift Packs That Make Christmas Shopping Easy

We can’t believe it is December already. It feels like yesterday that we were feasting on our Christmas delicacies and loosening our belts. But here it is again! If you haven’t started your shopping, there is still time to get everything done so you can concentrate on spending time with your loved ones. Our five …