It is working. Clothed in Dignity is slowly breaking the chains of poverty and bringing justice for the poor while also preventing the spread of COVID-19!
Work of Your Hand joined forces with Sat and Sherry Lali in early 2019 to start a center in Cambodia called “Clothed in Dignity”. We have trained women to sew, and are providing them with products to make. These same women were previously picking garbage from the dump along with other hard labor, but are now on their way to building a better future for their families.
Currently they are making t-shirts, t-dresses and now thousands of facemasks
As of mid-2020, they have made over 2000 t-shirts and t-dresses of all sizes. Those receiving them have loved the clothing so far.
But more amazing are the thousands of facemasks already sold in both the North American and Cambodian market. We are trying to make them as cost effective as possible to be a part of the solution of preventing the spread of COVID-19. Made out of t-shirt fabric, they have a metal nose piece, are comfortable to wear and have the ability to insert a coffee/tea filter within the pocket to have a triple layer protection.
In 2019 11,000 Bags were made in 60 days
When first learning how to sew, the girls successfully completed 11,000 gift bags in 60 days, that were sold in stores this past Christmas, with all proceed being returned for bonuses and expansion.
380 School uniforms were made in 60 days
Then they went on and made school uniforms, for Cambodian students ages 4 – 17. That included learning how to make collars, pockets, putting in zippers, buttons, the whole works.
Our future goals:
- To add more sewing machines in the current rented space. There is space for 10 more machines at $500.00 each.
- Hire 10 more girls at $250 per month (Bonuses will come from profit).
- Provide the workers with training and mentoring from business owners and professionals.
- Dreaming big… Build a factory that will house 50-machines, and a daycare center.
WHAT CAN I ‘DO’?
Check out the products made by our ladies. It encourages them when something they have made is appreciated and helps raise a sense of dignity and self-worth that they are able. Also Clothed in Dignity Center is open to trying out new products. We’d love to hear from you about items you may want sewn especially if it creates work for them for a longer period of time.
The need is great for mentoring and business education. Take an opportunity to share your knowledge and skills, and once travel is available, take a short trip to Cambodia.
A donation toward expansion is another way to contribute. If you want to do so for the Clothed in Dignity Center, make the donation made out to “WORK OF YOUR HAND” and designate it for Clothed in Dignity. All donations for $20 CAN or more will receive a charitable donation receipt. Financials will be open to all; there is no profit or remuneration being taken by anyone developing this project. The Cambodian laborers will be the only financial recipients of profit from their labor.
We believe that it’s everyone’s responsibility to ensure that our prosperity is not gained from another’s suffering. If all people, business owners and customers, do their small part, we will bring balance into an unjust world.