Director, Happy Silk
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Chanveasna is the Director of Happy Silk, a business that produces handwoven fabrics and products for retail and wholesale. Chanveasna came up with the idea for Happy Silk after she co-founded the Women for Women Foundation, which offers skills-training to low-income women and women with disabilities. After seeing their beautiful handmade products, she set up the business and started working with weaver groups to create new products and their own collections. Since 2010, her company has trained and worked with marginalized members of community to produce handmade silk and cotton bags, scarves, jewelry, accessories and pillow cases. Using Chanveasna’s exclusive designs, the company processes and approves sample cuts before ordering from their home-based workers.The products are then sold locally in their Happy Silk shop, as well as wholesale to souvenir shops, and as exports to countries including Japan, Australia, Vietnam, Laos, Canada and Germany. Additionally, Happy Silk promotes their products through national and international exhibitions, custom designs as well as a tailoring service. Happy Silk works to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life in their community by providing economic security and independence for women with disabilities and women that need to work from home to provide childcare. Over the next five years, Chanveasna envisions expanding Happy Silk’s export sales as well as becoming a top player in Cambodia’s handmade market. Chanveasna also serves as Executive Director of her Women for Women Foundation and mentors the younger generation of Cambodia by sharing her professional and life experiences. Chanveasna has expertise in product design and business management and holds a BA in Interior Design from the Royal University of Fine Art, an Associate Degree in Banking from the Center of Banking Studies and she completed a course in Small Business Management at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. She is a member of the Canadian Trade Facilitation Office, the Free Trade Organization, the International Trade Organization, the Artisans Association of Cambodia, the Cambodia Women Entrepreneurs Association and the Cambodia Women’s Business Federation.
What Chanveasna hopes to gain from the VV GROW Fellowship:
Chanveasna hopes to improve her skills in marketing, communications and management in the handicraft market. She would also like to learn how to expand her company’s international exports and develop digital tools, including their website and online sales.
What Chanveasna can offer other fellows:
Chanveasna can share her eight years of business experience and experience working with disadvantaged women. She is eager to exchange ideas and develop business relations with the other fellows.
Connect with Chanveasna on Social Media:
Facebook Page (business): https://www.facebook.com/HappySilkStore
Facebook Page (personal): https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008553191316
Instagram (personal): @sometrey