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Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. - James 1:27
The Stitches of Hope Sewing Centre is increasing in staff and production each month, with an impressive line of ladies wear being produced for the local market. A business trip to Vietnam enabled SOH administration to connect with a local businessman and buy bulk fabric at wholesale price which will greatly assist the profit margin for the Sewing Centre, which makes women's clothing and school uniforms.
The Sewing Centre, commenced in 2007 and staffed by 23 young women and three men, is running very well with many young women are now gainfully employed and others waiting to learn this important skill. Lives are being enriched as the opportunity to earn a living and develop an empowering skill on the sewing machines continues to grow. The young people here are gaining an excellent reputation for high quality garments and appreciate the training they are receiving from qualified dressmakers.
Enquiries are coming in from outside Cambodia to extend the business and create quality garments for the overseas market. A continual need to provide improved conditions and more sewing machines and overlockers is a priority for the Fund Raising team and supporters.
Some of the young girls work six days a week and send their wages to desperately poor family members who live in the remote provinces of Cambodia.
To provide security and protection for the workers a fence and gate have been erected in 2013-14 by the generosity of SOH supporters in Western Australia. Thank you to these kind donors.
On a main arterial road into Phnom Penh, Stitches of Hope's Sewing Centre 2's output is men's clothing. As with Sewing Centre 1, the staff are provided with food, accommodation, training and given salaries.
The Redeemed Tailors shop has an excellent local and overseas clientele, with new business possibilities always being discussed.