MEET THE WEAVERS

Here are just a few of the 42 artisans we work with:

D G E E 

Dgee is the leading visionary for the development of weaving in Sop Chem and one of the community's biggest personalities.  Her dream is to use the trade passed down 16 years ago by her mother to generate enough income to send all three of her children to school.  Dgee hopes her children will use their education to get well-paying jobs and support themselves. 

V O A H N

Voahn is energetic and quick-witted, eager to advance her English skills.  She has been weaving for 18 years, since the age of 15.  Her dream is to use the income she earns from weaving to one day build and operate a small guesthouse in Sop Chem.  She believes her guesthouse will attract tourists to the community and provide money for her and her husband to pay for their 4 children to finish school.

G H A N

Ghan, who possesses one of the most contagious laughs in Sop Chem, learned how to weave from her mother when she was 18 years old. Before she started weaving, Ghan would go into the jungle to forage for plants and animals to feed her family and sell at the market.  Now she is able to use the money she earns from weaving to feed her family and pay for her daughter to attend school. 

L I E N G

Lieng is not afraid to speak her mind.  Her favorite food is fish from the nearby Nam Ou River.  She taught herself to weave when she was 26 years old by watching her neighbors.  Lieng wants to get better at weaving so she can make more beautiful scarves at a faster rate.  Another one of her goals is to one day buy a chicken and duck farm, so she can use her experience with the animals to earn more income for her family. 

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B A E H

Baeh, one of the youngest artisans we work with, is 24 years old, a mother of one, and a hardworking weaver with a great sense of humor. Weaving gives Baeh a source of income that she uses to feed and support her family. Because she is able to earn income by weaving from home, she can take care of her baby herself instead of bringing her child with her into the nearby jungle to forage for food or plants and animals to sell for income. In the near future, Baeh plans to take out a loan from the Weaving Fund to purchase raw cotton and silk to weave scarves to sell to local markets.

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