In 2010 we began offering sewing classes to local entrepreneurs in Banteay Srey. Many women were interested in learning the skill, but obstacles prevented them from participating, in particular the costs of machines and courses. If you want to learn sewing in Cambodia, you must pay to study with any experienced sewer. This is very expensive and unaffordable for most.
In order to create a bridge to this opportunity we hired a local sewer, purchased machines and supplies, and provide free instruction for six students every year. They study for 4-6 hours per day, perfecting their skills, and upon graduation from our course are able to take home their sewing machines as well as a $100 cash bonus to purchase supplies.
To date we have graduated 24 students in Banteay Srey District. In 2018 we began offering a sewing program at our site in Kompong Khleang. Eight students are currently enrolled in this program.