Sak Saum, meaning “dignity” or “worth” in Khmer (Cambodian language), is a Cambodia-based NGO (non-governmental organization) dedicated to the rescue, restoration, transformation and rehabilitation of vulnerable and exploited women and men in Cambodia.
Sak Saum began in 2007 with one at-risk girl, Theavy Kang, and one sewing machine. One girl led to another, and then to another, and then to another, each with their own story of desperation and brokenness. It was obvious that the need for work and wages was only a small part of what these girls really needed – namely hope, healing, and restoration. Founder and International Director, Ginny Hanson, had no specific thoughts about launching an NGO (non-governmental organization) for victims of exploitation, nor in entering the world of textile production, but God had other plans.
Though no two stories are the same, the outcome of exploitation and abject poverty is the same: brokenness, hopelessness, shame and despair. Sak Saum works to end this devastating cycle by empowering people through healing and restorative care, marketable job skills, employment, and fair wages.
Today, Sak Saum employs over 100 people through our Vocational Training Center, New Beginnings Center, Brother’s House, Phnom Penh office, and our community sewers, all of whom make the beautiful products you will find on our webstore. The work of Sak Saum is funded by the sale of our products, which are sold throughout the United States, and in Australia, Japan, Germany, and England, through retail outlets, wholesalers, home parties and events.
Every Sak Saum product represents a changed life!