A million miles or so from Idaho, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, is a ministry dear to my heart called Sak Saum. Sak Saum “is a ministry dedicated to the rescue, restoration, transformation and rehabilitation of vulnerable and exploited women and men” (Sak Saum). Through both a full time program, and a vocational training center, Sak Saum is fighting against human trafficking, “one person, one family, and one community at a time.”
The vocational training center teaches men and women to produce beautiful products, mostly from reclaimed fabrics, discarded coconut shells, recycled tires, cement bags, and scrap metal. Every product represents a rescue, and the materials used metaphorically represent Sak Saum’s mission to make “something beautiful from things that would normally be discarded.”
There are a couple of reasons I wanted to share about Sak Saum’s ministry with you today, because you might want to get involved. You can support this incredible ministry by:
- Buying from their online store. You can do this anytime you want, but on Wednesday (November 9), I will send my subscribers a 10% coupon code to shop, that is only good on that day. So watch for that! Make sure you subscribe if you want to get the code. 🙂
- Hosting a party. I’m doing this at my house on Wednesday. You’ve probably heard of other companies that do pop-up shop parties. Sak Saum will send you a big box of stuff. You host an event where people can come look at it all and buy. You ship back what doesn’t sell with the label they provide you. Every penny goes to Sak Saum. They have hostess rewards, like every other company; but of course that is a perk not necessary.
- Host an online party or combo party. You can host a party online without having the inventory sent to you. Or you can do a combo (which is what I’m doing). I’ll have a party at my house and a code to give out for online shopping that day to those who don’t live in my area.
- Wholesale Sak Saum goods. If you have a boutique already, you can add Sak Saum to your line!
So why would you want to support Sak Saum? Here are a few great reasons.
- Their stuff is BEAUTIFUL! Softest tanks and tunics on the planet! Beautiful, meaningful, trendy jewelry. Love boho? Love Sak Saum! Kimonos, wraps, bags, unique accessories. It’s really gorgeous, and it is not expensive.
- Every time you support Sak Saum, you are supporting fair trade, fair wages, and actually helping free humans from trafficking. How can that not make you want to buy from them?
- Every time you support Sak Saum, you are NOT supporting industries that employ slave labor or unfair wages. This may be something you have not ever thought much about. I was completely oblivious to these things five years ago. We talk a lot about discrimination and slavery and unfair wages in the west these days, but we do not often relate it to the slavery and discrimination we are contributing all over the world when we choose to buy products at incredibly low prices….prices too good to be true because none of us would ever work for that little. But we are happy to take advantage of those who have to work for that little, so that westerners can have more and more and insatiably more. I could write lots on this, but if you have never researched it, I hope this little blurb will set you on a journey. Honestly, it is really difficult to even be an American consumer with a conscience because it is hard to find fair trade products – or at least be confident in their origin.
Go take a look at their incredible stuff, and go ahead and shop if you want. I’ll send out a code on Wednesday to my subscribers. (You can subscribe here if you’d like.) If you’re local to North Idaho and would like to come see the goods in person, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.