A Cambodian Social Business
The lotus fabric, the most spiritual fabric in the world, allows the emancipation to 30 vulnerable Cambodian women. Samatoa uses the best socially responsible manufacturing techniques to create eco fabrics that support women’s empowerment in Cambodia. Our aim is to duplicate the workshop pilot project in Siem Reap and increase production capacity.
The impact of expanding of our ecotextile company will be considerable for a variety of reasons. First, of course, we will provide over 500 women with long-lasting employment. We will ensure that these local handicrafts made in traditional ways but using new ecofibers are never forgotten. Poor communities benefit from market for lotus and education for farming. Lotus farming works in parallel with rice farming.
Preserving the environment, paying people fairly, and treating each person with respect and dignity are our prerequisites for a sustainable fashion business. All of our workers are paid a living wage, have trade union rights, paid leave, and health insurance, not to mention a safe working environment.
Our fibers are also incredibly friendly to the environment. The extraction, spinning, and weaving of the lotus fiber, consumes no polluting resources such as oil, electricity, or gas, and do not require any toxic chemicals. Social and environmental benefit and economic value are given to growing lotus and environmental conservation is taught to farmers. There is zero environmental impact in our process. Lotus benefits both nature and humans. Vegetal plants clean the water (phyto), provide foods for humans and animals (textifood) and protect animals (ecosystem). This is why the basics of the Samatoa model rely on the belief that the most sustainable economic development is intrinsically linked to best social, environmental, and economic practices.
We believe that ecofashion is defined not just by the use of natural fibers, but also by the use of fair-trade Cambodian labor in every step of a sustainable fashion supply chain.
It’s with great pride that Samatoa bridges the gap between the rich and the poor using fair and ethical commerce, allowing formation, emancipation, and international recognition of our producers, to offer a chance to each man, and consequently vulnerable woman, to surpass their condition and elevate themselves, to accomplish “like the lotus flower growing above the muddy waters”.