Happily Made believes that it's not our aid or charity that people need, but our business. Happily Made was established in 2010 to give women in Cambodia a job, a source of income, and a bright future for their children.
Before moving to Melbourne at the end of 2011, Happily Made Founder Veronica Sherman lived in a village in rural Cambodia for two and a half years. She was overcome by the poverty she saw and wanted to help make a difference. While Veronica's intentions were good she soon discovered that running a social enterprise effectively is complicated. Thankfully, Veronica met Monika from Cambodia Knits and was able to learn from her vast experience of working with marginalised women in Cambodia.
Together they collaborated on designing and producing their first range of magnetic monkeys, an idea which came to Veronica on the back of a Tuk Tuk.
Who knew that this little brown monkey with his magnetic hands would become such a hit? Not only is he loved by people of all ages but he has now become a popular travel companion for people having adventures all around the globe!
Incredibly, there are now over 120 women knitting the monkeys. Thanks to the addition of the Sleepy Snoogus range (that Monika designed after many sleepless nights with her new baby), Happily Made now has a scholarship fund for the knitter’s children to go to school.
"I love that our knitters have an income – their children can now go to school and have a chance to finally break out of the poverty cycle." says Veronica.
Veronica is passionate about educating people about the importance of ethical consumerism and making sustainable choices. It’s so easy to feel overwhelmed by the poverty in developing countries and allow it to paralyze us, but we can’t let that stop us. When we buy Happily Made products, we are empowering women in poverty, and our purchases have the potential to impact the whole family and transform the community.
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