Traditional craftsmanship and sustaining healthy local economies are the founding values of Goel Community — an organisation that exists to strengthen the rural Cambodian community where they work.
It all started in 2006 with a young Cambodian woman who didn’t want to work in a garment factory — a fate of many young women from her village in rural Takeo. She was concerned about the unfair and unsafe working conditions that plague Cambodia’s garment production sector, and the long daily commute that meant many hours spent away from her children. Inspired by her story, Goel was formed with the aim of creating a viable and empowering livelihood for people in Takeo. Today, that young woman is one of their leaders.
Why We Love Them
The primary focus of Goel is reviving the traditional Cambodian skill of hand weaving. Once a thriving industry, much of this skill was lost during the tragic years of civil war. Now, this skill is once again apparent in their unique and beautiful fabric, which is dyed using natural plant materials sourced locally in Cambodia. We have worked with this fabric for many years, so it was an easy decision to expand our partnership to include their team of skilled garment makers.
Goel Community is a Guaranteed Member of the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO), committed to the highest fair trade principles. Every product is made with respect for people and the environment.