Dutch Designer Empowers Cambodian Women through Handicraft Social Enterprise

Dutch designer Ka-Lai Chan has founded a social enterprise, Manawa Enterprise, in Cambodia to promote local Khmer handicrafts and economically empower rural women.

Intrigued by the superior weaving skills of women in Siem Reap province, Chan and co-founder Baraing Tho invested $3,000 to launch the venture and offer skills training.

The initiative allows 24 women to work from home, weaving intricate items from rattan and lpak. These products, which range in price from $17 to $179, are sold both domestically and overseas.

Source: Siem Reap women’s weaving skills draw Dutch entrepreneur | Phnom Penh Post