Bongo The Water Buffalo
Bongo the Water Buffalo is a calm, industrious and patient. Bongo is known as Bong in Cambodia, ‘bong’ being an honorific for someone older or in a position of respect.
Yarn: 80% cotton / 20% milk fiber / Stuffing: 100% Polyester. Can be machine washed at a medium temperature.
Beebee+Bongo is 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. Beebee+Bongo has trained more than 120 individuals in basic and advanced knitting or crochet skills. Once trained, all participants have the opportunity to produce products at piece rates. Knitters and crocheters are provided with all materials and receive a fair piece rate for what they produce. Beebee+Bongo regularly visits the communities to collect the products, pay producers and provide support and additional training when necessary. They believe that high quality products can be made at home. This cuts out the need to travel the long distance into the city to find work and allows parents to stay home with their young children. It also means that people can work at their own pace and still earn a liveable income.