Who else loves that International Women's Day is a public holiday in Cambodia? At SATU, we are proud to work with some fantastic brands who empower women in the local community. To celebrate Women's Day today, here is a few of our favourites.
Hattha Neary - The name means 'handmade by Cambodian women with love'. This social enterprise was founded by Sothon Pheap to empower Cambodian women and they create herbal and natural handmade products from local ingredients. Look our for their herbal teas launching on SATU soon.
Miss Sew - The brainchild of Sopheak Sun who scours the local markets for unique fabrics and offcuts to create her range of beautiful kimonos. Her upcycling business helps to reduce fabric waste and create jobs for local women such as Phas Chhan, who is passionate about her sewing job and makes these beautiful kimonos with love.
Manava - Translated from Sanskrit, Manava means humankind. Manava believes in love, people and culture being at the heart of all their designs. They support female artisans by creating exclusive, artisanal rattan products that strengthen the international reputation of Cambodia's creative industries.
Domlei - Domlei was launched in June 2020 by Saron (a mum herself) with the idea of empowering women in the rural weaving villages of Takeo Province, where Saron originally comes from. As a mum, Saron gained a greater awareness of how important the role of a mother is in the early years of a child’s life and what a stabilising role women play in the wider community and its long-term future. She established Domlei with the idea of working with a carefully selected team of local Cambodian artisans who get fair pay and can continue to work in their communities and take care of their children.
Kingdom of Wow - Their footwear is a labour of love, not only in its design but in its creation. Founded by Dutch Godie van de Paal, they take pride in producing footwear responsibly. The workshop provides their all-female team with a safe and healthy workplace and a nourishing space where our staff can flourish and earn fair-wages to support themselves and their families.
Saarti - Run by all-female team Beck and Muoy, the Saarti collection includes the signature range of hand poured blessing bowl candles, body, skin & hair care products as well 100% natural pure essentials oils. Saarti is committed to using the finest natural ingredients, ethically sourced from Cambodia and the surrounding region and empowering local communities through employment. Currently they are offering 50% off beauty products until we launch their new collection soon.
Cambodia Knits - A social enterprise working with marginalized communities in and near Phnom Penh. Their goal is to produce beautiful, high quality and unique hand-made products while providing fair and flexible employment opportunities. Cambodia Knits has trained more than 120 individuals (mostly women) in basic and advanced knitting or crochet skills.
Morijana - Ethical fashion brand that embodies the belief that one woman can change an entire community. They make quality linen and cotton-blend garments in classic designs. Founded by Lynn Johnston from Sydney, Australia who passionately believes that developing and giving women skills and creating micro-businesses is key to empowering those in need. Each item is created, pattern designed and managed by Cambodian women; crafted with love.
Daiku - Daiku is an ethical accessories brand based in Cambodia showcasing indigenous artisans from North-East of Cambodia and their handmade creations. The name Daiku came from the Khmer/Tampuan word, “daiku,” which means companionship or partnership in the local language. Choosing the local word “daiku” as a brand name reflects their dedication to working in partnership with local women to preserve the indigenous cultures from North East Cambodia and creating dignified job opportunities through the promotion of these traditional art forms.
Girls can do anything!!