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…the very philosophy behind the social enterprise was to make sure these women get a fair wage and decent working conditions, as well as allocating a portion of the proceeds to developing the local community.

Story by Helen Morgan - Source: http://www.ecouterre.com
Photo © Lotus Wonders

Photo © Lotus Wonders

When fashion meets social enterprise, iPads become very pretty indeed, at least when Lotus Wonders is involved. These are the latest designs from an initiative that has been working with women in Cambodia who hand-make each of these beautiful card and tablet cases. After seeing first hand the artistry and skill that many women artisans in developing countries have, founder Mehrak Mehrvar decided the time had come for them to be connected to western markets. But most importantly, the very philosophy behind the social enterprise was to make sure these women get a fair wage and decent working conditions, as well as allocating a portion of the proceeds to developing the local community. Now the team have launched a campaign to get more support for the initiative.

Photo © Lotus Wonders

Photo © Lotus Wonders

The team ensures that the women who make the items are paid “above fair wages”. On top of this, a “Wonder Fund” contributes an additional 20% of earnings to the community in order to invest in local projects that the women and their communities decide are most needed. This is aimed at helping local people, and the women involved in the project in particular, to be empowered to make important decisions in and for their community.

Photo © Lotus Wonders

Photo © Lotus Wonders

After finalizing all the samples with the help of these Cambodian women—who tailor and handcraft each of the products by hand—Lotus Wonders has launched a campaign on IndieGoGo to help secure funds for the line to be fully realized.

The whole venture has a great aim behind it: to help women achieve economic independence throughout the developing world. Once the retail distribution is in place, the team hopes to establish the next Lotus Wonders village teams. They will hire and train the next group of women affected by land rights issues and fully equip more workplaces.

Photo © Lotus Wonders

Photo © Lotus Wonders

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