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At the Afesip Fair Fashion workshop...

The gang at Afesip Fair Fashion in their showroomHere I am in Cambodia!  That's me on the left, visiting an amazing social enterprise called AFESIP Fair Fashion.  Prostitution is a huge business in Cambodia, with many unwilling participants.  Afesip Fair Fashion workshop employs rescued sex workers who are starting a new life and career in my favourite occupation, sewing.

 

AFF Production roomThe AFF workshop is light, clean and airy.  No sweatshop conditions here!

Looking through racks of patterns with Mr Rotha, the operations manager Everyone sews complete garments (ie.  it's not piece work where you sew, say, zillions of zips all day long.)  It's slower (maybe only one or two garments finished in a day) but teaches girls great all-round sewing skills that they could use to set up their own businesses.

A couple of older ladies look after all the kids in a room upstairsI loved the great conditions - free childcare, accident and health insurance, trainees receive a decent wage (comparable to a policeman's.)  Wish all my clothes were made by this workshop!