The women of SWDC
Our values in action
Meet Peap, SWDC Weaver
Peap joined us 16 years ago, right at the beginning of our literacy and vocational training program. She has 9 siblings, 2 of whom also joined SWDC. Her father was a motodup driver (a taxi service for motorbikes) and supported a family of 12 with his income.
After Peap and her sisters joined us, her mother said to our founder, Chantha Nguon, “I will leave them in your care”.
Peap is currently married and is supporting her two children who are attending our kindergarten and child care program.
Meet Sarun, Master Weaver
Sarun is the youngest girl in a family of 14. When she was 12 years old, she dropped out of school to help her parents with housework, child care, and the family’s rice plot. Sarun was one of the first recruits to our SWDC family.
After training as a weaver, she married an SWDC carpenter. She and her husband saved enough of their earnings to build a house near our campus. Unlike her parents, Sarun dreams of a small family; she hopes that with fewer children, she’ll have the money to support them through secondary school and beyond. Her fondest wish is for her children to become doctors.
Som Bay nak
Meet Bay, Master Dyer|Team Leader
Srey Nim Nuon
Meet Srey Nim Nuon, Master Ikat
As a teenager, Srey Nim was left to care for three younger siblings and three cousins after her parents’ untimely deaths. “Sometimes we’d have enough to eat in the morning, but not enough for the evening meal,” she recalls.
Srey Nim graduated from our health education and literacy classes, then trained as a weaver. She sent her siblings to school and saved her earnings to buy a cow. Now she lives in a sturdy house that keeps her family dry when it rains; she makes a living raising cows and growing vegetables to sell in the market. She is prosperous and free.
Nim’s work at SWDC has allowed her to gain confidence and entrepreneurship skills. She is able to start her own business in Stung Treng province and help other women in her local community.