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49%

Labor force has not completed primary school

80%

of teachers were killed by the Khmer Rouge

78%

of Cambodian first-time job seekers are lack of basic competencies. 

According to the Cambodian Socio-Economic Survey (CSES) in 2012 49% of the labor force (aged 15-64) had no, or had not completed primary schooling and only 23.3% had completed lower secondary education. It is inevitable that a large share of the Cambodian workforce is severely under-educated and that this problem will continue for decades to come. People have limited resources and low incentives to invest in and complete their education. 

 

Furthermore, even when people have access to traditional education, they often lack the life skills to sustain their position in the job market. To understand this issue we have to look at the history of Cambodia. From 1975 to 1979, the Khmer Rouge perpetrated one of the greatest genocides of the 20th century It is estimated that 1.5 to 3 million people died during the genocide and nearly 80% of the country’s teachers were killed, leading to an insufficient middle and old-age population and low quality education in Cambodia. 

 
 
The issue in Cambodia

We have developed an economically and socially sustainable solution to prepare young women in Cambodia to embark on life's journey.

 

We passionately believe that our cutting-edge research, knowledge, and evidence are crucial in shaping the changes needed for our broader vision to be realized. Our efforts support women, society, and institutions to navigate the challenges ahead.

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The issue in Cambodia

We have developed an economically and socially sustainable solution to prepare young women in Cambodia to embark on life's journey.

 

We passionately believe that our cutting-edge research, knowledge, and evidence are crucial in shaping the changes needed for our broader vision to be realized. Our efforts support women, society, and institutions to navigate the challenges ahead.

Our producers earn twice as much as they did before joining our program.
Our graduate producers earn 4 times more than the village average.
150+ Women have had access to life skills training and  30+ of them have graduated from our factory and moved on to better lives. 600+ beneficiaries have gained financial independence through our support.
150+ Women have had access to life skills training and  30+ of them have graduated from our factory and moved on to better lives. 600+ beneficiaries have gained financial independence through our support.
The life skills of producers have improved 25% on average after 5 months of training.
Currently, we have developed 60+ kinds of life skills training programs for our producers, which are interactive and easy to understand.
We have provided over 1000+ trainings in Siem Reap since 2011 and are expanding our programs to other provinces.
 
Thank you for your support ! 
 

Here are the voices from our producers; the working women in our community factory. Your support is very important to them. You can see how their lives have changed. We are happy to share with you these stories of real social impact.

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Srey Phar / Graduated producer

I am 30 years old and not yet married. Most Cambodian women marry young. I fight with deeply ingrained culture and choose my own path. I am getting closer to my dream job everyday.After graduating from SUSU, I started working at a high-class Japanese restaurant called Shin in Siem Reap. I bring my younger sister to live with me in the city, who I support to study at university.
 
"Although there were so many struggles for me as a woman living in the rural Cambodian countryside, I know my worth, and I have learned my value and dignity."

  

 

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Kenta Aoki/Co-Founder

It all started when I was 19. I was in a student club doing research with two other university students, Sayaka Murata and Keisuke Motoki. We found that human trafficking was a serious issue in Cambodia, and decided to jump right in. At first, I thought the project would be done in no more than three years; however, I became so engaged in the issues of human trafficking and social enterprise that I dropped out of school and dedicated myself fully to the project. The journey truly took off in 2004 when we opened an office in Cambodia and began holding computer classes for children living in orphanages. After spending time establishing relationships on the ground and understanding the needs of vulnerable communities, we built a factory in Siem Reap in 2006.

It was the impulse to make changes that drove me to Cambodia in the beginning; nevertheless, it was seeing people unable to fulfill their own dreams after receiving help that motivates me to continue working in this field. Many years ago, my older sister was diagnosed with a serious disease. Because of the disease, she has to stay in the hospital and cannot work or do things that she used to do. Every time I visit her, I cannot help but feel depressed. I see a beautiful soul confined in her body, and the illness has cruelly deprived her of all her dreams. I see the helplessness of not being able to accomplish the things that one longs to do. Therefore, I don’t want that happen to any others who should have opportunities to change. I want to do as much as I can to give these people a chance to be independent and achieve their dreams. I believe that people who are not able to fulfill their dreams are often the ones not given chances. Once they have received help and resources, they would perform as well as others.

Yuri Yokoyama

Senior S&M Department Manager / Sales Manager in Japan

My mission is to explore the Japanese market, looking for sales opportunities, in order to spread the message of SALASUSU in Japan. It is not easy to start from the beginning, and even though the path isn't clear, I am so excited to find a way. I love working with our team and producers, who always work happily in our community factory and are satisfied with their lives. They constantly inspire me to overcome any difficulties and challenges I face both at work and in my personal life.

Nanako Kameyama

Senior Manager of Social Empowerment Department

I decided my career when I lost one of my friends when I was 15 years old. I was so shocked and it made me realize the importance of life. At the same time, I was upset that there were still places in the world where human lives are far too often affected by conflict, poverty, and any social risks; problems often made by human beings.I was strongly determined to contribute to remove these problems to make the world better, and help to create a place where all human beings can enjoy their own life journey.

 

While studying at university, I started to get involved with the Kamonohashi Project NGO (original NGO's name) as an intern for about four years. I devoted my energy to researching child sexual exploitation in Cambodia. I could feel the possibility of change in the world, but I knew it would take persistent work. When I graduated from university, I decided to come to Cambodia to work directly on the project site.

 

Currently, I am working as a senior manager of the School Division. Through developing practical and innovative life skills training programs with our high-aspiration trainers for the young generation of Cambodians, we aim for all people to be able to enjoy their own lives and control their own futures. Even though there are still many youths in Cambodia who lack the opportunity of even primary education, or face the difficult family situation, I believe that all of them have the ability to fulfill their potential to open up their bright futures.

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Sor Chhoy​

Deputy Production Manager

My mission is to manage our production team smoothly--both the products and the producers. Also, I cooperate with our designer to make new products or improve current products. I work on capacity building for our staff and producers. It can be really challenging for me to train Cambodian women in rural areas to create the high-quality products with natural materials. However, we have made a lot of social impacts and improved the community through our program. I love working here because we have a good team and a good product image. I appreciate the support we get. Please join our SALASUSU community!!!

Sor Chhoy​

Deputy Production Manager

I am in charge of the production operation of both brands, SUSU and I Love Cambodia. I manage quality control and solve any problems that arise. I really appreciate that all of my PRD team and all SALASUSU’s colleagues are in a good cooperation and communication with each other. We work smoothly and happily with young women from rural areas, teaching them “life skills” through handicraft manufacturing. Thank you for your support and let's SUSU together!

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Our Donors:
Our Partners:

Japan international

cooperation agency

Japan international

cooperation foundation

ASIA GROUP

THE AJINOMOTO FOUNDATION

MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings

 

People Focus Consulting 

Kru Khmer 

 

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