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During our recent pop-up events, I had the opportunity of speaking face-to-face with guests on what TJULA Design is about. Oftentimes when explaining that TJULA works with women from underprivileged villages trained by a social enterprise, the response received was “Oh, so you’re trying to help them”. The truth is, the word “help” never crossed my mind. In an ideal world, I envision treating workers fairly, empowering underprivileged individuals to realize their potentials and doing business in an ethical way. These are just some of the natural ways of living. Unfortunately, the economic system in today’s world is mainly driven...

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One of the women who is instrumental in TJULA Design’s product development is Alex, who turns design sketches into patterns and then into actual products. She trains the young women at the sewing center advanced sewing skills as they produce a variety of products. Some women have also learned pattern drafting and grading skills beyond sewing and hand finishing. Alex is not only a technical designer, but also someone who guides the younger generation through their work every day. She has been working with the sewing training program for over a decade, changing the lives of young women by teaching...

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April is an exciting month for many, including the fashion industry. It’s the month we celebrate Earth Day (April 22nd) and Fashion Revolution Week (April 24 - 30). Earth Day is now recognized in 192 countries around the globe. It’s a reminder to appreciate our planet and to minimize our footprint as though everyday were Earth Day. Fashion Revolution, on the other hand, is a newer initiative which focuses on addressing the impact of the fashion industry. It’s an empowering movement that invites everyone to join the conversation and be an influencer. Ask for more transparency and accountability from brands...

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The women TJULA works with are daughters and sisters. Some are also mothers, students and entrepreneurs. They’re all hard workers motivated not by personal ambition, but by the desire to see betterment of their families. One such inspiring woman is Sakoam, who helps manage the sewing center. She translates customer requests to the technical designer, coordinates material and delivery logistics and works with the technical designer on managing production. Sakoam comes from a farming family that is hours away from Siem Reap. She first came across Life & Hope Association via PAGE, Program Advancing Girls’ Education, in order to pursue...

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One of the great documentaries found on Netflix recently is “Finding Home”. If you haven’t watched it, a box of tissue and a strong heart are recommended. Because TJULA works closely with a group of women in Cambodia, this documentary about the country naturally drew me in. The heavy issue of human trafficking in Southeast Asia and other parts of the world is no news to me, but every story still makes me cringe. Women and children are often the most at-risk to be exploited in impoverished environments. The grip of poverty sometimes even strips away the bond between parents...

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