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It's Our 5th Anniversary

anniversary behind the scenes giving wander well

When I first traveled to Cambodia 7 years ago, I never imagined that my small fundraising project to support a local NGO would evolve into a small business a couple of years later. I launched krama wheel among family and friends in 2012, and one year later returned to Cambodia to deliver school uniforms to the village where it all began. This photo is from that visit. That’s me sitting on a bag of school supplies with the uniforms in my lap (we had to travel by motorized ox cart to reach Cham Resh village because the terrain was too...

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Life as a Teacher in Cambodia's Villages

behind the scenes giving uniforms updates from Cambodia wander well

This post is part of a series by Marisa Vickers, Krama Wheel's summer intern in Cambodia. Marisa is spending the summer in Siem Reap with our partner organization, Build Your Future Today Center, to learn more about the school uniform program that Krama Wheel supports. She will be sharing her experiences throughout the summer here on the blog.  - - - I believe that being a teacher is a noble profession anywhere around the world, and the young men and women who have chosen to become teachers in the Cambodian villages that I’ve visited have earned a tremendous amount of my respect....

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Summer Intern Series: Stories from Cambodia

behind the scenes giving uniforms updates from Cambodia wander well

This post is part of a series by Marisa Vickers, Krama Wheel's summer intern in Cambodia. Marisa is spending the summer in Siem Reap with our partner organization, Build Your Future Today Center, to learn more about the school uniform program that Krama Wheel supports. She will be sharing her experiences throughout the summer here on the blog. - - - Within two weeks of residing in Siem Reap, I have had the privilege to observe, learn, and partake in much of the daily Cambodian life through my internship with Krama Wheel and Build Your Future Today Center. I have found that...

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A visual snapshot of the krama wheel cycle

giving scarves seamstresses sustainability uniforms updates from Cambodia wander well weavers

Our whirlwind journey in Cambodia may be coming to an end, but we experienced so many sights, felt so many emotions, and met with so many wonderful friends, new and old, that the week-long visit felt so much longer. For those of you who followed along with the #wanderwell hashtag on Instagram and Facebook, we hope you enjoyed being a part of each day. For everyone else, below is a photo and video recap of our journey, which included visiting our weavers and seamstresses, and delivering new school uniforms to children in 5 villages. I hope this will give you...

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krama vs. karma

eco fashion scarves sustainability wander well

One of the most fun questions for us to answer is "Why did you misspell karma?"  The core of what we do lives in our name, so it's a pleasure to have the conversation about the wordplay behind it. Krama means scarf in Khmer, the language of Cambodia, and scarves are day-to-day staples in the Cambodian countryside. Ironically, warmth is the last thing the scarves are intended to provide. As a country whose high temperature rarely falls below 80°, in Cambodia the cotton gingham styles are mostly used as head wraps to shield from the intense heat.   {Speaking of "gingham style" and wordplay, have you seen...

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