VillageWorks employs and trains marginalized rural women and individuals with disabilities, empowering them to become self-sufficient. Your purchase provides these artisans with income, self-worth, and hope. Support of native handcrafts also helps rebuild the Khmer craft tradition, which was decimated during Cambodia's many years of conflict and civil war.
Created by Cambodia Methodist Services in 1998 and supported by the Girls' Brigade of Singapore until 2008, VillageWorks is headquartered in the capital city of Phnom Penh. The organization's name reflects its mission to promote handicrafts from small Cambodian villages, made using natural and recycled materials and traditional craft techniques. More than 100 vulnerable workers (most women) from surrounding villages are taught to sew, embroider, and weave. They are then offered flexible employment that provides meaningful home-based work, healthcare, and childcare support. This work allows these artisans to realize their potential, enrich the lives of villagers around them, and provide the world with a link to Cambodia's rich craft culture and history.
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