EMPOWER WOMEN & YOU WILL CHANGE SOCIETIES
IWA KEP - International Women Association Kep is a Swiss Non Profit & NGO founded in Switzerland in 2017.
We create jobs in plastic waste recycling dedicated to rural women in Cambodia.
WHY WE DO & WHAT WE DO
According to Cambodian Ministry of
Environment observations, more than 10 million plastic bags are being used every day in the city of Phnom Penh alone, In Cambodia plastic bags are used 10 times more than in Europe or in China.
IWA Kep aims to
collect used plastic bags
train women in recycling handicraft activities and value their creativity
transform waste into objects such as baskets, handbags, purses, etc.
raise children's awareness of the impact of plastic waste on their
offer alternative solutions to plastic bags by looking for innovative ways forward
Plastic bags are cut and crochetted to make nice baskets, purses or mats. Colors of our items are the original plastic bags colors, we do not dye them.
Rice bags, sugar bags and cement bags are sewed for the confection of backpacks, schoolbags or handbags.
They are sold to tourists, to hotels, shops but also to locals who find them extremely useful and solid.
OUR ACHIEVEMENTS SINCE 2017:
1000kg of plastic bags have been recycled through collection points
+1500 informed about plastic pollution
60 direct project beneficiaries within 1 village
30% increase in monthly revenues for farmers and local collectors
+20 women have been trained in
plastic bags recycling methods
+10 local jobs created in 1 village
+5 collection points
quarterly local workshops to raise awareness about plastic pollution
Since 2019, IWA Kep is 80% managed localy and 40% financialy self-sufficient. Sales of our recycled items support our objective to become 100% self-sufficient in the next 2 to 3 years.
Our long term objectives are to continue to encourage local leadership and to replicate IWA Kep projects in other Provinces in Cambodia.