While on holiday in Cambodia, Diana Saw witnessed a young mother having to sell her baby. “I was quite traumatized,” she said of that experience in 2006. “Sitting in that mother’s hut made out of leaves with no toilet, running water or electricity, Diana, then in her mid-30s, thought: “How can two women who are around the same age live in such different circumstances? I went back home and told my partner that this is what I want to do: I want to come back to Cambodia, start a business, employ single moms.” Within two months, Diana had moved to Cambodia. And through several failed business ideas, along with the difficulty of learning a new language and living in a different culture, she set up a small workshop making bags out of recycled materials. Offering wages above the market rate and a cheerful working environment, she gave single mothers, and eventually other at-risk women, stable jobs so they could feel a sense of security. “May they never sell their children again because they know that there is a job waiting for them and the children can go to school.”
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