The products we sell are handmade by the talented graduates from Human and Hope Association Cambodia’s sewing program in rural Siem Reap. These women have overcome adversity to gain new skills and break the cycle of poverty, taking their families with them. When you Shop on Purpose, you are supporting these women to earn a livelihood. Your purchases not only impact these women and their families, but the greater community as well.
Sangorb was removed from public school at the age eight to take care of her family’s cows. She went on to work one job after another, but as she was illiterate, none of them paid well.
Sangorb eventually got married and lived in a bamboo shack with her husband, struggling to survive from day to day.
Sangorb joined the sewing program at HHA Cambodia in 2015 and developed a love for sewing. She came top of her class and was hired to make our products at her home. Sangorb also developed a successful sewing business where she can sew and mend clothes for her neighbours.
In 2017, Sangorb and her husband built a new home for their family with her income from sewing. Her family has officially moved out of the poverty bracket.
Heang is one of eight children who had to drop out in grade eleven as her parents could no longer support her with the cost of study supplies and extra classes.
Heang began working as a housekeeper to make ends meet. Her life then faced another hurdle; she refused an arranged marriage as she was already in love with another man. Her parents weren’t accepting of Heang’s decision, so Heang had to part ways with her family so she could marry the man she loved.
After living with her new husband for a year, Heang had a baby and gave up her job, relying solely on her husband’s housekeeping job to see them through. They were pushed further into poverty, which was only amplified when Heang fell pregnant again.
Heang was approached to study in the sewing program at HHA Cambodia, and each day, Heang would travel on a one-hour return journey on a bumpy dirt road to study.
After graduating from the program, Heang had the confidence and skills to finally fulfil her dream of setting up a sewing shop at her home whilst also making our products. A few months afterwards, with money saved from her business and the support of her husband, Heang added a laundry washing business to her sewing shop.
Sreythom was born into a family of seven children. When she was in grade seven, Sreythom dropped out of school so she could take up a job as a cleaner, helping to support her family.
Sreythom got married in her early twenties, but was frequently unwell after giving birth to her children. She stayed at home and worked as a housewife, struggling to manage her health issues at the same time.
In 2017, the staff at HHA Cambodia found Sreythom when they were conducting outreach in her village, around 18km from Siem Reap town. As it turned out, Sreythom had always dreamed of studying sewing, but due to her financial constraints, had never been able to.
Sreythom’s talent shone through during the 12-month program, and she was hired to make our products once she graduated in 2017. Sreythom notes that she has become patient through learning the new skill, and is more confident to try new things. She says her husband is proud of the brave woman she has become.
Sreythom’s family has officially moved out of poverty thanks to the income she earns through sewing.
Sampheas stopped studying in grade nine to look after her younger siblings. She married at 20, but after having two children, had to face reality as a single mother after her husband left the family. Sampheas went on to work as a housekeeper and construction worker, both jobs being physically exhausting, and neither paying well enough to support her children.
Sampheas’ aunty and parents encouraged her to join HHA Cambodia's sewing program, and Sampheas set herself a goal of opening her own sewing shop so she could look after her children whilst earning an income.
Sampheas thrived in class, and was hired to work as a seamstress to make our products. She earns triple what she was previously earning, and has also set up a small sewing shop at her home. Sampheas also studies in the education program at HHA Cambodia, learning English.
Due to poverty, Chomrong was forced to stop studying in grade eight. She went on to work as a builder, earning just USD$0.88 a day. Chomrong married and had three children, but lived from day to day, not knowing whether they would have enough food to survive.
When Chomrong began studying in the sewing program at HHA Cambodia, her motivation to learn shone through. Chomrong set up a small business at her home, and was hired as a seamstress to make our products. Her three children began studying in HHA Cambodia's preschool, Khmer, art, English and library programs.
In 2015, Chomrong became a part-time sewing teacher at HHA Cambodia. She continues to make our products, and plays a crucial role in product development. Chomrong and her family built a new home to replace their unstable wooden structure, and have officially moved out of poverty.