Search on fair trade purses and you'll likely see a number of results for recycled rice and feed bags. These colorful and practical purses have changed the lives of hundreds of Southeast Asian women.
Cambodian women rescued from trafficking create trendy purses from recycled rice bags … The women who hand sew these purses have been rescued from human trafficking. They receive training in sewing, language, and business skills. The technical skills they've gained have enabled many of the women to move onto other jobs or open their own businesses.
Rather than contributing to landfills, rice and feed bags are cleaned and cut into patterns for a variety of purse designs. The purses are truly unique because each rice bag has variations in its vibrant patterns and colors. Styles range from practical messenger bags to trendy purses suitable for any attire.
One simple idea that turns utilitarian rice bags into charming purses has created productive, healthy and free lives for trafficked women.