Abstract Summary

Carpets for Communities - Cambodia

‘Carpets for Communities’ (CfC) provides immediate intervention to children at risk of child labour and human trafficking. Empowering mothers to earn an income through the production of hand-made, eco-friendly rugs and supporting them develop micro-enterprises do this.
CfC works in the Poipet Commune, Cambodia on the Thailand border. Here, many children are at risk of human trafficking and being sold into prostitution as they are on the streets begging or working to support their family. Equally important, by working and begging they are deprived of an education that would otherwise improve their long-term livelihoods. This ultimately has them trapped in a cycle of poverty that CfC aims to break by empowering the mothers and their families.
The rugs are high quality, shag-pile, durable floor rugs with stunning colours and multiple sizes.
They offer comfort for your feet and a beautiful piece for any bedroom, bathroom, lounge room or kitchen. Each rug is eco-friendly, made from post- production cotton t-shirt off-cuts and used hessian rice sacks.
Each piece of rolled cotton is individually hooked through the hessian sacks then stitched along the bottom. This hand-hooked process makes the carpets very durable; they can be vacuumed and are machine washable.

Business Profile

Kylie Hansen
Chief Executive Officer
Carpets for Communities

Kylie, a social enterprise working against child labour and human trafficking. CfC is committed to sending Cambodian children back to school in order to break the generational cycle of poverty.
Kylie has been involved in the strategic direction and management of youth and education focussed NGOs for the last 4 years. She holds a B. Arts (Political Science and International Relations), B.Commerce (Human Resources and Management), B. Community Development and is currently undertaking a Masters in Project Management.
Kylie hopes to continue to be involved in developing and pioneering innovative and collaborative initiatives to reduce disadvantage and poverty in our world.

4th International Fashion Incubators Conference : 21-25 October 2013
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