Fair Trade & Silks Of The Mekong

Nov 26, 2013 · Greater London, United Kingdom

Join us for the third Meeting of the Fair Trade & Sharing Economy Group where Eugenie Prouvost, Operations Manager at Children of the Mekong and Gonzague de Borde at Soieries du Mékong, will tell us about the ethical work of their "Silk Looms project" in Cambodia to provide local women with a viable means of financial support for the long term.

Children of the Mekong is a registered charity that has been working with local communities in South East Asia for more than 55 years and is the majority shareholder of Soieries du Mékong (Silks of the Mekong). It also guarantees adherence to its Ethical Charter and, through the charter, the objectives of the original mission. 

Soieries du Mékong is a player in the socially responsible fashion world, offering top quality scarves to the French market. In Cambodia, it helps to alleviate a societal problem through the training and fostering of its workers.   

Cambodian women undergo a 6-month training session in weaving, followed by a 6-month practical internship. They also take courses in the Khmer language and maths so that they are equipped to become self-employed. Once the weavers have completed the training, they work from home using a loom that is either loaned to them or 75% financed by the NGO.
Since 2001, more than 70 weavers have been trained and fostered by Soieries du Mékong. Approximately 95 people currently work for them in Cambodia. Each Soieries du Mékong scarf has a label attached to it that tells you about the weaver who created it and offers an insight into her life.

Having completed a Master’s Degree in Business Management and Finance and worked with BNP Paribas in Lisbon, Gonzague wanted to use his professional skills to help others. In 2007 he became a volunteer with Children of the Mekong and so began the Soieries du Mékong adventure! 
He first managed the Soieries du Mékong Production Centre in Cambodia for a year and a half. Upon his return to France, he took over the management of the business and developed the Soieries du Mékong brand. He will be available to answer your detailed questions about their work in Cambodia, how volunteers can get involved and what can be gained from the experience. 

Our speakers: Eugenie Prouvost and Gonzague de Borde
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