The past several days have been exciting! I spent the greater part of my Tuesday with Sothea. She met me at the hotel and drove me to meet several of the bag makers in their home workshops. She utilizes local NGO organizations to assist her in sourcing employees who are among the most underprivileged and helps equip them for entrance into the workforce by providing job skill training and any materials needed to set up a home workshop. Sothea has a high school education, and she has created a sustainable, flourishing and sophisticated business model that offers dignified employment to those in need while also engineering consumer goods out of discarded items.
We believe that women are capable, equal contenders and that empowering, training and educating women to impact their communities will change the world for good. Empower a woman and she will empower a community of women. It’s as simple as that.