Ms.Srey Oun is an inspirational woman, she is 38 years old with two daughters, Naomi is 12 years old, the second daughter Hannah is just 6 years old and lives in a small town in rural Cambodia. She survived one of the most brutal times in Cambodia's history and then encountered a personal disaster.
She was the serious one of the acid attacked victims in Cambodia. She was acid attacked in Jan 1999. She has a little bit of skill in knitting when she was not acid attacked. So she has tried her hard to review her skills, after that her knitting skills is better gradually from year to year, in 2003, she was unemployed and with no income for her family. She decided to learn how to make craft items, bags, wallets, coasters, cushion covers, friendship bracelets, hair bows and more hoping to be able to sell them in the local markets; it was not easy to sell her products.
Her husband was a TV/Radio mechanic. He is one of the acid attacked victims. We both fell in love each other, my husband wanted to get married to me but his parents refused, because her husband can see about 80%, he still can fix the TV or Radio even he was attacked by acid. So his parents said he could not get married to her, he had to get married to other girl who is not blind like Srey Oun, Because She is blind , she cannot take care of her husband. Her husband separated from her when she was 4 month pregnancy.
Srey Oun has 10 siblings, (7 sisters and 3 brothers. She is the youngest daughter in her family. She lives with her old mother 78 years old. She is able to take care of her mother and her daughter.
Ms.Srey Oun now looks to the international markets in the hope that she may be able to earn an income there. However, it is very hard for her to find the markets internationally because of the language barrier, blind. She always encourages herself to keep being optimistic. She has not only been struggling to provide her daughters with food, an education but struggles with discrimination as many neighbors don’t like those who is blind.
Srey Oun really enjoys knitting bags, wallets, coasters, friendship bracelets and other cushion covers with her producer group. This work makes her life full of pleasure, dignity and helps her daughters gain that life changing education in the future.
With the support of groups such as Craftworks Cambodia, and the sales of these bags, wallets, friendship bracelets an income can be provided that offers their families and their communities the chance at a better future. This project (Craftworks Cambodia) ensures that the artisans are fairly rewarded for their work and provide support for education and training in the communities in Cambodia.