Cambodia's textile industry employs more than 700,000 people, 85% of whom are women, most of whom are under the age of 24. Due to the lack of access to basic educational resources, the working population represents a high proportion of illiterates (25%).
Since 2013, Libraries Learning Centers (LLCs) have been set up by Sipar within textile factories and aim to reduce the vulnerability of the working population while strengthening their capacity to contribute to production. LLCs provide workers with reading, literacy and awareness-raising services on important social topics delivered in their workplace to enable them to develop the habit of reading and self-learning.
In 2021, the project reached the end of its second phase. Today, 26 LLCs continue to maintain the activities autonomously and Sipar will remain present as a technical support.
for 7581 workers (85% women)
users of LLC services
participants in awareness sessions
participants in literacy classes
Since we collaborated with Sipar, we have seen that the staff is satisfied with the library as well as literacy classes. Many borrow books and use the knowledge they have learned to help educatetheir children at home.
HR manager at Top Summit garment factory