In 2017 World Relief Australia in Partnership with Human and Hope was awarded $9,300 towards a sewing program that aimed to break the cycle of poverty for Cambodian women. Each woman learned how to sew and advanced students were able to access microfinance loans to start their own sewing business. In addition to sewing skills, students received education in small business, life skills, health, sustainable farming and domestic violence training, as well as focusing on their rights in marriage.
After the grant funds were acquitted, Human and Hope reported that the women earned a stable income to support their families, as a result of sewing skill training. They also gained increased knowledge to improve social issues and livelihood, as a result of these life skill training and mentoring sessions.
- 91% of students generated additional income from tailoring businesses.
- 45% of students secured employment outside and 45% set up businesses at home.
- 100% of students improved life skills and outlook.
- 95% of students improved confidence and leadership
- 91% of students reduced domestic violence
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