Stories of byTavi
Each woman at byTavi has an incredibly unique and powerful story.
by Anna Teeter
Nary is a selfless wife, mother of two, and the manager of byTavi. As one of the original byTavi employees, her favorite part about byTavi is getting new orders so the employees have more work to do and thus to earn more money for their families.
Tavi is a widowed mother of two who works hard to provide food and education for her children. She became a Christian after byTavi women continuously prayed over her because of her struggles with HIV/AIDS. Today, Tavi is happy and healthy – an incredible story of hope. She’s also the one the ministry is named after!
Sre Mie went from making small bags to sell for money to designing bags as a staff member for byTavi. She will make you laugh and is arguably the best seamstress in Takhmau.
Niew Mom cried when she first tried to sew during her first day at byTavi. She now loves everything about working in the workshop and it brings her so much joy. When her husband’s moto broke last year, she was able to work hard sewing bags to make money to fix it instead of taking out a loan.
After Mouy escaped a potentially dangerous job, she tried to start her own business sewing bags in the market, but was not making enough money. She is now a staff member at byTavi where she cuts fabric, oversees the quality of the bags, and shops for materials at the market.
Brom Kane worked as a nurse when there was political turmoil in Cambodia. After trying many other jobs that did not work out financially, she found out about byTavi where she learned to sew handbags.
Doy Kam Line
Doy Kam Line’s husband left her and her two children and moved to Korea. Desperate for money, she heard from other women in the village that working at byTavi was better than working at the market. Tears filled her eyes as she spoke of how good byTavi has been for her and how appreciative she was of the stable income.
Mai Sop Poah
Mai Sop Poah cried as she spoke about her experience growing up during the Khmer Rouge. She and her eight children worked to support their family. She began to work at byTavi and became a Christian after she was not making enough money working in the vegetable fields.
Sok See Clung
Sok See Clung could not go to school because her father was an alcoholic, drinking away all the money for school. She began working at byTavi two years ago and loves it. She aspires to be a tailor later in life.