08 August 2010
Carpets for Communities targets women in Cambodia whose children have foregone school in order to support their families at the Thai border by pulling carts, holding umbrellas, scaling fish or smuggling clothes past customs. The women are trained and given the raw materials (textile industry offcuts and used rice sacks) needed to hand-hook the carpets. For the finished product they are paid prices that represent a living wage, which enables them to send their children back to school. Social workers assist families with the transition and together with teachers, monitor the children’s attendance.
Posted by Amy Choi