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Empower Women -

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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Lifestyle, Q&A -

It’s almost time for spring cleaning. Every few years I review my closet to make sure the items I have are still being worn and if there’s anything that needs to be retired. For years I’ve been shopping very little and trying to stick to the things I wear over the things I want. This helps to keep a relatively lean closet with few items to retire before they’ve worn out. Other times, it’s our life events that call for a wardrobe update and getting rid of irrelevant items. Spring cleaning of our wardrobes is not like cleaning a house...

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Lifestyle -

To be honest, I gave up on making new year’s resolutions a long time ago. The main reason is not only that my new year’s resolutions often disintegrated after just a couple of months, I also justified it by thinking: If I want to make any resolutions, I’d make them whenever I feel committed instead of waiting till the new year. So in the past few years, I’ve made some resolutions to change parts of my lifestyle. Sometimes I succeeded, other times I failed. Totally normal, right? Because I grew up being taught to hold myself to high standards, if...

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DIY -

Holiday gift exchange time is almost upon us. Where are you with all the gift prepping, wrapping, labeling and logistics? If you’re like me, someone who enjoys exploring creativity and making things with my own hands, then shopping for store-bought and ready-made items just don’t seem to be a highly attractive weekend activity. Originality and handcraft often bring me more joy than commercially mass produced products. This reflects in my gift-giving as well as gift-wrapping choices. At multiple occasions, I’ve noticed that homemade gift wraps stand out with a unique personality in a pile of store-wrapped boxes. Often times it’s...

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Lifestyle -

From Thanksgiving, Christmas to New Year, from Black Friday, Cyber Monday, to Boxing Day, ads and promotion campaigns flood the market and tell us to buy, buy, buy. While it’s occasionally beneficial to capitalize on the heavy discounts for certain items I’ve been eyeing for some time, the idea that we’re confronted with endless shopping messages still intimidates me. Picture the classic sci-fi movie The Matrix, but instead of agents in black suits, we’re tracked and chased by sales messages everywhere. This is also the time to shop for holiday gifts for friends and families, which can be stressful for...

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