Meet the Makers: Penh Lenh

Tassel Jewelry {The Little Market}

We work with women at Penh Lenh to develop a beautiful collection of jewelry — from tassel earrings to dainty necklaces to statement bracelets. Based out of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Penh Lenh is a social enterprise committed to empowering marginalized and at-risk young women. We are proud to work with this organization in a collective effort to support these talented women with more job opportunities after they have faced life-changing hardships.

Based on global health estimates by the World Health Organization, “about 1 in 3 (35%) of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.” The risk factors include low levels of women’s access to paid employment, community norms that designate a higher status to men and a lower status to women, and lower education levels.1  

Unfortunately, many women who have survived domestic violence or trafficking go back because they do not have an alternative means of life.

It is admirable organizations like Penh Lenh that are working to change these devastating statistics. When these women have a safe, welcoming work environment and access to job opportunities and training, they can feel empowered to work toward a brighter future for themselves and their families.

Penh Lenh Image x Materials {Penh Lenh x The Little Market}Photo courtesy of Penh Lenh

The talented artisans at Penh Lenh work closely as a team throughout the production process. At the beginning of each day, they receive their production goals and a printed template for design instructions. They conduct quality checks and receive training on packaging as well — so it is guaranteed that not only is each piece of jewelry carefully handmade, it is also packaged with love and close attention to detail. As artisans at Penh Lenh, the women receive a high quality of education, vocational and financial training, and career opportunities.

Penh Lenh Bracelets {Penh Lenh x The Little Market}Photo courtesy of Penh Lenh

They learn a beading and tassel jewelry technique to make this gorgeous jewelry by hand. 

Penh Lenh Tassel Bracelets {Penh Lenh - The Little Market}Photo courtesy of Penh Lenh

Most of the materials are sourced locally within the Southeast Asia region. This includes the handmade gold-plated clasps and chains and the raw silk.

Light Pink Tassel Jewelry {The Little Market}

Rachel Dodson left New York five years ago to found Penh Lenh, meaning “whole.” She shares our team’s passion for social justice and female empowerment. To learn more about Rachel’s story, you can read her interview here.  It’s an honor for us to work with the incredible Penh Lenh team. This important mission motivates us to work hard to design beautiful jewelry to share with you. Shop our collection of Penh Lenh jewelry here. Every purchase translates into a positive, long-lasting impact, changing the lives of these hardworking women.

1 WHO – Violence against women

This article was published on Feb. 5, 2018 and updated on Sept. 24, 2019.


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