We are raising funds to support our three jewellers through this difficult time, enabling them to each have a tool kit and three months salary in order to work from home and support their families.
Cambodia is very reliant on tourism, and due to COVID 19 many businesses are struggling to work safely or have lost exposure to their customer base when tourism numbers plummeted in January. Many found themselves and their family members out of work, people are already struggling with poverty and hunger and we are doing our best to support them where we can.
Due to physical distancing and lack of tourists Ammo’s staff are not currently able to run our workshops or sell our jewellery in tourist markets. Our online jewellery sales are what is keeping us going and ensuring we can pay our team so they can support their families. We would love to be able to support them further, and make their lives easier and safer by facilitating them working from home. If we can raise £1500 we will be able to empower our team to work from home, stay safe from COVID19, look after their children and families and keep our beautiful jewellery in production and, in turn, our team in work.
How your funds will help the team...
We will supply three jewellers with a toolkit containing: piercing saw and blades, electric pendant and drill, polishing machine, soldering torch and pump, and hand tools. We will also provide three months salary for them to continue making jewellery for the Ammo collection as required, but also design and develop their own jewellery ranges which will be of great long term benefit to them and the artistic legacy in Cambodia.
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Who are the Ammo Jewellers?
Please watch the video above - this is Nary’s Story. She is one of our most successful jewellers who has worked with us for four years. She had a challenging start in life as her family was troubled with gambling, alcohol and abuse and she narrowly escaped being sold into child prostitution. She attended school very late through support from local NGO, Green Gecko. At 18 she left formal education to work to support her family. Her sister was working with Ammo and Nary was immediately fascinated, she says ‘I saw the bullets and I didn’t know that they could make such beautiful jewellery – wow, I was so interested!’she joined the Ammo team soon after. In 2016 Nary shared she wanted be a designer, and with support from Founder Maddy she excelled; developing her own designs, company logo and name (her parents’ names combined). KunMani launched in November 2016 and was really gaining momentum when Nary got married and became a mum. On her return to work Nary took over as our Jewellery Workshop Teacher, a flexible role helping her work around her family’s needs, sadly this part of her role is on hold now de to COVID19. Nary is determined though and has an unwavering dream. In the next five years she says she would love to ‘be making my own jewellery and have a small shop to sell it too. I would like to employ people like me who have few options, help people and pass this knowledge on to other Cambodian people and my children.’ Ammo is resolute in our support of her facilitating her to design a 30 piece collection in early 2021. Nary’s biggest barriers are COVID19 and childcare, so she needs to be able to work from home, which will also support her in becoming more independent and developing her own business. You can read her story in more detail here . This is Nary's story, but each of our jewellers has a similar yet unique story too. We hope you will be able to help us to help them today.
Together we can support this talented team of jewellers to work from home, and protect their families at the same time. Thank you! Maddy and team xx
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