Trash has built a business on finding gems in the rough. It’s also helped 24 families from poor communities in Siem Reap find their feet. Set up in 2015, the social enterprise has taught disadvantaged local women how to turn plastic bags into a range of colourful household items and accessories, and gives them the opportunity to earn a stable income by selling their creations in the organisation’s shop.

According to Kate Allen, general manager at Rehash Trash, by providing the women with new skills the organisation has helped boost their self-esteem, as well as their long-term employment prospects.

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