“I didn’t finish school and that is why my life has been hard and that’s why I try my best to make sure my children graduate [from high school]. It’s what every mother wants.” Ser Rony, CK knitter
Have you ever heard of Cambodia Knits? They are a pretty big deal. Not only are their handcrafted toys made with 100% natural yarn, they are also super safe for kids to play with, and cuddly, too. In this day and age, when most of the toys we see in shops come off factory production lines, it is refreshing to see toys that are individually handcrafted AND fair trade.
Cambodia Knits has been working with marginalized communities in and near Phnom Penh in Cambodia since 2009. As a social enterprise, they believe that employment opportunities help empower marginalized communities to find a way out of poverty, especially when their work is fairly paid and helps to address the challenges they face. To sum it up, Cambodia Knits invest in their communities because they believe that putting people ahead of profit results in a great product, and I absolutely agree!
Now, to further their impact on their community of Cambodians, they have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the launch of their new line of Sleepy Snoogus!
The Sleepy Snoogu (reflect on that name for a minute, how adorable is it?) were designed by sleep deprived first time mother and CK founder, Monika Nowaczyk. Simply, it’s a hand crocheted toy with sleepy eyes. The products come in five unique and adorable characters, each with a matching hat and all lovingly handmade in Cambodia.
Not only are you creating employment opportunities by purchasing one (or, let’s be real, a few) of these adorable Snoogu, but you will also contribute towards a scholarship fund for the children of the wonderful women who make them.
As I have seen far too often, many women in Cambodia face constraints in finding and keeping paid employment. This effects the health, education and futures of their families. What Cambodia Knits does is support these women to challenge the constraints they face and provide flexible and fair working conditions.
The scholarship fund provided by the sale of the Sleepy Snoogu is a vital investment to cover costs of schooling like uniforms, books, and extra tuition fees, with priority given to single mothers and large households. Although public school is technically supposed to be free in Cambodia, I can guarantee you that it is not. Therefore, this fund is a big step to ensuring the children of these inspiring women will not become statistics who are unable to break free of the poverty cycle.
This crowdfunding campaign focuses on my two main passions; the empowerment of women and education. In my option, it is a win-win situation. You provide employment and education, AND you receive the most adorable gifts for children (or in my case, myself) in return.
Back the crowdfunding campaign TODAY (seriously, don’t delay) and pick up a crocheted delight from just $15USD.