Kang is an expert in detail, carving for many years from a long line of woodcarvers in his family and is based in Koh Samui in the gulf of Thailand. He supports his very large extended family from Lampang and surrounding areas of Chiang Mai providing the means for them to be able to survive and provide for their immediate families.
They provide employment, meals and boarding for Thai Border refugees mostly from Myanmar to lift themselves from poverty.
We have been supporting Kang and his team for more than 10 years and have a close relationship with him and his family.
Sinareat runs a women’s co-operative from her home in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Mostly women and family workers prefer to work in their own homes. This way, the family life is not disrupted by “going to work”. This is a huge benefit for women with babies, so they do not need to leave their home. Sinareat gives the families a sewing machine so they do not have to purchase themselves. Some of the workers do work together in Sinareat’s house and are free to come and go when they are able. Due to the vast amount of poverty of some of these families, there is no pressure for completion or deadlines, so the workers are able to complete the work when they can. A liveable and reliable income is especially important for women as it allows them to raise healthy babies and children and provide for their future.
EED and Peak
Run a cottage industry Woodcarving business based in Chiang Mai. EED’s mother was a very skilled woodcarver with skills passed down through the generations. In years gone by, girls only went to school until the age of 10, when they left to help the family earn an income whilst their mothers were raising the family. Boys stayed at school and were able to go to further study. EED’s mother saved very hard, so EED could also study and make a better life for herself. After getting a full education, EED felt the best way she could give back to her community, was to support the woodcarving industry from which she was born, focussing on supporting the disabled and elderly. She provides an environment where they can work at their own pace and be paid fairly.
We have worked closely with EED and her team for over 8 years to ensure they have enough income for a sustainable life, for education and well-being.
Madame Layheng and Soviriya
These beautiful sisters hand make childrens mobiles in animal shapes and cosmetic travel purses. The fabric used is usually wastage from the many garment factories that would be otherwise discarded into landfill, adding to the increasing garbage issue in Cambodia. Their expert sewing craftsmanship was self taught at a young age and they continue to grow their skill with creating new products each time we visit them. Their income they make helps to support their families for the future.
Sreang and Sreynov
Husband and Wife team whose aim is to empower their workers with disabilities as a result of Landmines, Polio sufferers, other disabled persons and the underprivileged. They operate their small NGO business from their home in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. They contribute to the social development of the employees by providing training creative and further employment opportunities. Sreang and Sreynov base their business around family as many of their employees have family members working with them during the day.
Phum and his family make traditional Hmong Hilltribe Children’s Shoes and Adult dresses. They hand embroider each shoe and most of the clothing made. We have been supporting Phum for 3 years to help provide education for him and his siblings.
Mint makes Hilltribe Skirts and jackets from Vintage, Hand Embroidered, re-purposed clothing. It is traditional for the Hmong and other Hilltribes of Northern Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam to make their intricate wardrobes for only 1 year, then discard them and make a new wardrobe for themselves. This clothing is then repurposed into many items including bags, purses and beautiful jackets and Skirts. The purchase of one of these items ensures Mint is able to support herself and family.
Meena specialises in making skirts, bags and purses from Vintage, Hand Embroidered, re-purposed clothing. Working closely with her sister, they continually make new designs for us from the array of fabrics they find.
And Many More…