February Artisan: Hong Sreyniet from Cambodia
Hong Sreyniet is from Cambodia and was nearly destined to remain a low-wage farmer her entire life. Since she couldn’t support her family on a farmer’s wage, she found work with VillageWorks, a project started by a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls of Southeast Asia. Hong uses indigenous materials and traditional crafting techniques to create beautiful totes and scarves such as the one below, for example.
Hong mastered the intricate processes of fabric weaving and thread dyeing, allowing her to successfully teach other women at VillageWorks the same techniques. Hong Sreyniet is a true leader in the community and now able to help her husband support her two daughters.
VillageWorks also encourages self-sufficiency to disabled individuals by providing fair-wage income and better working conditions such as wheelchair access and newer sewing equipment.
View other fair-trade products made by Hong and VillageWorks.