Hand-Knitted Bracelets made by Blind Acid Attack Victim - Srey Oun
Srey Oun is an inspirational woman! At the age of 33, she has survived one of the most brutal periods in Cambodia's history and encountered a personal disaster. She was the victim of an acid attack in 1999, a common form of violence in Cambodia. Her marriage ended because of her being blind and she is now as single mother. She lives in a small town in rural Cambodia with her 4 years old daughter, Naomi, and her 78-year-old mother.
Until 2003, she was unemployed and had no means to support her family. Having a bit of knitting skills prior to the acid attack, she turned to these skills as a form of income, and learned to make various types of handicrafts such as bags, cushion covers, and hand-knitted bracelets. To support artisans like Srey Oun in training, production and marketing her crafts in the global market, we are working with an organization in Cambodia who is also dedicated to making a change in the lives of home-based producers and has a strong commitment to environmental sustainability. With this collaboration, we are making sure that these producers have access to regular work/employment, fair wages, education for their children, and future stability for themselves, their families and communities.
Srey not only struggles to provide her daughter with food and education opportunities, but also struggles with the stigma of being blind. Forever an optimist, she enjoys the work she does with her producer group as it adds value to her life, giving her the dignity to stand on her own feet, and will allow her daughter to gain educational experiences for a brighter future.
In The Making - "Bombshell For All" Bracelet
Recycled Bombshell & Recycled Bullet Jewellery made by Cambodian war Survivor - Chantha Thoeun & His Producer Group
Losing both of his parents by the age of 8 during the civil war, Chantha Thoeun initially lived with his grandparents and later on received support from the Skip organization, an orphanage center. At the age of 14, with the help of Skip he learnt the art of jewellery making, while continuing his education.
Now, at the age of 31, Chantha is married and the father of a two-year-old daughter. With his dedication and hard work, Chantha has learned how to use a computer and is very eager to learn graphic design skills. With these skills, he wants to make unique jewellery patterns and do stone work more efficiently. With a team of eight jewellery artisans, in his home-based workshop, he is making bombshell and bullet jewellery with three-decade-old recycled war remains.
Through a co-op in Cambodia, these artisans are able to sell this jewellery in their local communities and in the global market. By earning fair wages, they hope to have a sustainable and brighter future for themselves, and for their underprivileged communities.
In The Making - Recycled Bomb Shell & Bullet Jewellery
Recycled Paper Bead Necklaces made by a Vulnerable Female Artisan - Sokhum Houn
After struggling and surviving through the vicious civil war in Cambodia, 47-year-old Sokhun Houn, a mother of seven children, is earning her daily living by making handicrafts with locally-found recycled materials. For about two months, she completed a daily walk, far from her home, to a training center where she learned the methods of making paper bead jewellery and many other handicraft products.
In order to support their family, her husband also completes various jobs to earn money. This dual-income enables the couple to provide higher education to their children (two of her children are studying IT and Management respectively), an opportunity Sokhun herself never received as she does not know how to read or write.
To support artisans like Sokhum Houn in training, production and marketing her crafts in the global market, we are working with an organization in Cambodia who is also dedicated to making a change in the lives of home-based producers and has a strong commitment to environmental sustainability. With this collaboration, we are making sure that these producers have access to regular work/employment, fair wages, education for their children, and future stability for themselves, their families and communities.
In The Making - Paper Bead necklace