“Penh Lenh, meaning "whole," sets out to empower marginalised young women in Cambodia to pursue their life goals through quality education, skill training, and sustaining employment.”
Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
There is a saying in Cambodia, "Men are gold, women are a white cloth," implying that men are strong and cannot be stained or lose their value, while women—like a white cloth—once dirty, are stained forever. Cambodia ranks as one of Southeast Asia’s poorest nations, with 15,000 women in Phnom Penh alone working in drug or sex-related industries, hoping to support their families. Women who have been sex trafficked are in Khmer called ‘broken girls’.
Penh Lenh offers these women work, education and skills to empower them and their communities. Producing 100% ethically-sourced, responsibly-made goods. Taking their time to source only the highest quality materials; ensuring their products are crafted using semi-precious gemstones, handmade gold-plated and gold-filled chains and clasps, and hand-sewn and locally sourced fabrics. By investing in high quality tools, clean, hygienic working conditions, fair wages and weekly academic and life skills classes, Penh Lenh provides its artisans when the means to live sustainably empowered whole lives.
100% of their net sales are reinvested in the social mission of Penh Lenh, to provide education, vocational training, and advanced career opportunities for their artisans. Whilst also giving back to the wider community of Phnom Penh and contributing to the global movement against fast fashion. Providing products that are both designed and made by women and that strive to make a lasting impact on a world in which every woman deserves to seek her dreams and know her value.