Cambodia has a large population of abandoned mothers and mothers in families where the father has left to find work elsewhere and provides unpredictable financial assistance. It is not safe for mothers of young children to work outside the home since there is no network for childcare. Sewing training and access to sewing machines together provide these women with a means for supporting their families, funds to support their children’s education, and skills to develop their own confidence and improved self-image.
This CWEF program trains women in sewing skills and, upon successful graduation from the course, provides them with their own sewing machine. The women learn how to sew uniforms, children’s clothing and wedding garments. Sewing can then become an income source for the women, and is especially well-suited for women with young children or who are caregivers and cannot look for day-long labor.