Shop for good

It’s no secret that the world today is filled with uncertainty and worrying trends, but as former U.S President Barack Obama so aptly said, “The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.”

Here at Poetree, we’d like to do our part to bring hope to the world, and that’s why we’ve teamed up once again with the Anna Tsang Social Enterprise on their latest initative, Project Livelihood

Following two successful social enterprises in Singapore, Something Old and Something New and the Mother and Child Project, Project Livelihood was created by Anna in hopes of empowering mothers in Cambodia. The average Cambodian in a big city earns just SG $200 a month, and just SG $95 a month in smaller cities like Siem Reap. Anna wanted to help ease the financial plight in Cambodian communities, but rather than simply handing out money – after all, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime – Anna decided to use her own experience as a fashion designer in Singapore to develop the skills and competencies of Cambodian women. This project, in particular, empowers single mothers from the outskirts of Siem Reap with skills like sewing and product design. To date, Project Livelihood has created and sold various handicrafts and clothing such as travel pillows and wristlet pouches.

We previously worked with Anna Tsang when we launched our boutique at Millenia Walk in 2012 with lace and linen heart sachets sewn by the Mother and Child Project, and we’re excited to be working with her again to do more good in the world. This August, any purchase from Poetree will receive a complimentary Rooster cosy, inspired by our current Year of the Rooster, made in Siem Reap by the hardworking mothers of Project Livelihood. Together, we can help improve lives and fill the world with hope.

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