Sponsor a Knitter. Create Change.

Sponsor a Knitter. Create Change.

Em Samoeun (55) Cambodia has a long tradition of producing handmade crafts, however the rural families that produce them are among the country’s most impoverished.  Cambodia Knits aims to combat this background by working to increase income and employment opportunities in marginalized communities, training locals to produce high quality, hand-knitted and crocheted products. CK is dedicated to creating quality products while empowering women to expand their skill set and improve their standard of living. We’re expanding! As demand for our products has increased, it has become necessary to train more knitters. Your $45  will change a family’s life, providing a woman with a life long skill and an opportunity for flexible employment that will allow her to support not only her family, but the community around her as well. Specifically, your sponsorship will provide a three-week training program, where the women such as Em Samoeun (above), will master how to create our lovely creations. As a small token of our appreciation, CK will send you one a postcard with your name written in the beautiful Khmer script. Our training programs We run training programs throughout the year as we find communities that are keen to join our family of products. We send a team of our experienced knitting and crochet trainings to live in a community  providing a total of 17 half-days of training. The women learn about our values, quality control and how to manage their time and resources. Our training is intensive but fun and supportive. Our trainers have been through the program themselves and follow a student-centered training curriculum that gets participants from beginner to emergent professional in...

Sponsorships call is over!

We’ve had more people interested in sponsoring a knitter than we have knitters! While it’s great that all participants now have a distant supporter, I’m sorry that some of you won’t be able to sponsor a knitter this time around. If all goes well, I hope we can train another group in late December or the new year and then we’ll look for more sponsors. I haven’t been able to go to the training at Toul Sambo the past couple days as I’ve been stuck at the computer doing boring admin type things instead. The trainers get to have all the fun! I’m actually really happy that they can go out there on their own and are more than confident and competent to carry out the training without me. We’re taking a very informal approach to the training, no modules or tests, no books or note taking. Most people when they learn from their friends or mama’s simply sit nearby and ask lots of questions. Nothing is more important than just practicing and frogging and learning from mistakes. Our approach will need to change somewhat once we’re working on the patterns, but that brings up a whole other issue… Many of the participants are illiterate and we have to find a way for this not to be an obstacle to them. The trainers think that those that can’t read can get help from those who can to get through the patterns. I don’t think this is ideal because it will create a dependency and a power dynamic that might lead to disempowerment and frustration. While I’d like to think...

Sponsorship call!

Sponsor a Knitter – Support a livelihood You could help a struggling community help itself, stitch by stitch! Cambodia Knits is hoping to find sponsors to support knitters-to-be through a three-week basic knitting training period. Starting October 19, 2009, Cambodia Knits will be training members of the community at Toul Sambo, Cambodia. Once trained, participants will have the skills — and guaranteed employment — to earn an income and support their families. That means your one-time support will launch a livelihood for years to come. Who you’re sponsoring Toul Sambo is located 25 kilometres outside of Phnom Penh, where there’s little access to employment opportunities. The families living here were recently relocated from Phnom Penh and due to the high prevalence of HIV infection among the community, it has received the unfortunate nickname of “the AIDS village”. This relocation made international news and was widely condemned. The stigma of living in the green metal sheds that make up the relocation site, further marginalizes the people there. We hope that through training and gainful employment, Toul Sambo community members can overcome these recent struggles and work towards a brighter future. 33 community members are interested in taking part and we don’t want to deny any of them the opportunity. How it works Cambodia Knits is offering training in the community to anyone interested in learning how to knit. Participants will receive a small daily fee in lieu of what they might have been able to earn otherwise during training time. They will also get a bonus on successful completion of training. These stipends are where your funds will be used....

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