Veasna Chan Nhean
Veasna is a young Cambodian entrepreneur aiming to support underpriviliged women in her country.
She works directly with talented silk weavers who make the most beautiful scarves. The artisans live in villages in the countryside far from the capital.
Counting Flowers offers exclusive handwoven silk scarves from Somneang ('Lucky' in Cambodian), her mother and sisters. Somneang and her family live in the Takeo province. They are specialists when it comes to natural dye. The design of the scarves has been created by Veasna.
Veasna is one of the members of the Artisans’ Association of Cambodia. This fair trade organisation supports about fifty initiatives that extend a hand to the most vulnerable people in the country.
Somneang and her family are rice farmers. When harvest is over or when not much work has been left, she and her sisters climb behind their wooden looms. By weaving naturally dyed silks they earn an additional income.
Besides scarves and shawls the women also weave silk pieces of cloth. Veasna uses these pieces to produce silk purses, bags and clothes in her own sewing studio.
Veasna offers trainings to (young) women with a physical disability to become seamstresses and provides them with daily work at her studio.
Because of their disability the women are not allowed to attend school and do not have jobs. Working for Veasna changed their lives in such a way that some of them are now supporting their families.
Take a look at the silk scarves from Veasna and Somneang.
Veasna and Somneang
Somneang is wearing a silk scarf from Counting Flowers
Somneang and her mother are reeling silk yarn
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