Providingeducation to children is crucial for their development, but in order to help them in a truly sustainable way it is also essential to improve their home situation. The home-based program will offer the mothers of the children at the PDC such an improvement.
Program participants receive a training at the PDC where they learn how to work with natural fibers such as bamboo and rattan. These materials will be used to make products for both the Cambodian and international market. The women are given the opportunity to make these products at home. The home is an obvious place for women to pursue entrepreneurial activities as it represents an inexpensive location. More importantly home-based employment provides the opportunity to combine work and home responsibilities. It attracts women because of the additional time that can be devoted to the family.
This program is not only interesting for woman financially, but gaining knowledge and increasing their self-esteem are also important goals. The home-based program will start with 20 women, the ultimate goal is to employ 100 women from the Kandek community at the end of 2013. In order to achieve this, PURE! collaborates with the German organization GIZ with regard to training and knowledge transfer.
There are already four women who started with the first training, which is part of the pilot phase of this project. The women learn to weave palm leaf boxes, tubesand small envelopes. The final products are mainly used as packaging material for products such as jewelry, candlesand soap but are also great to use as storage boxes or just as decoration. The training will take three weeks and once the quality of the products is sufficient, we will start to sell the products in Siem Reap.