Happily Made | Melbourne, AUS

Charity Name: Happily Made

Tagline: Ethical trade…not aid!

Location: Melbourne, Australia (empowering women in Cambodia and soon Bangladesh)

Associated Citizens featured on TOWNHALL: Veronica Sherman

What is Happily Made all about?

We teach marginalised women in Cambodia how to knit and crochet. We also pay for their children’s school costs.

How long have you been operating?

8 years

Where did the idea start?

On the back of a tuk tuk when I was living in a Cambodian village

How do TOWNHALL Citizens or visitors get involved? Are you open to collaboration – if so, what kind?

Always happy to collaborate with like-minded people

Do you have any success stories?

We now have over 120 women knitting in Cambodia and have just been given the blessing from the Director of Human Rights in Bangladesh to set up an ethical workshop there.

Do you have a project on TOWNHALL or an important event or mission coming up?

Yes – see TOWNHALL Projects page here.

Are you raising funds for anything specific?

Yes – see TOWNHALL Projects page here.

Any interesting fact you can share?

It actually doesn’t take that much to create an impact in a developing country. All they need is for us to buy the ethical items they make.

What’s the overall vision for Happily Made?

Designing beautiful products that people want to buy so that we can create more and more ethical jobs in developing countries…and educating the public about ethical trade as well as setting an example to other producers of how they can implement more ethical aspects to their business.

What’s your ‘why’?

Living in a Cambodian village I had front row seats to social hardship and could see that charity kept women in the poverty cycle.

Website: HERE