About this project
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After ten years of research, we have created the most ecological fabric in the world: the lotus fabric.
By creating a full line of lotus fabric apparel, our goal is to create 12 workshops in 5 disadvantaged villages in Cambodia over the next 5 years.
My name is Awen Delaval, and I founded the eco-textile company Samatoa in 2003, in an effort to provide empowerment to vulnerable women in marginalized villages of Cambodia. To some extent, my company has succeeded in achieving that goal , but now – with your help – we can do more.
In 2009, we have set up our first Lotus Farm on the lake of Kamping Poy in Battambang where we harvest 15 hectares of Sacred Lotus Flowers.
In 2013, we set up our second Lotus Farm in Siem Reap, Phnom Krom near the temple of Angkor Wat. We decided to open the Lotus Farm to tourists and buyers to share our passion for lotus flower fabric.
We have already provided lotus farmers, spinners and weavers from Cambodia with more than 50 decent jobs. However we are able to fulfill only 10% of our clients' requests.
Increasing our lotus farm by 10 will allow us to meet our clients' needs, train 500 artisans to manufacture lotus fabric and become industry leaders in an innovative high-potential sector. This local impact will allow Cambodians to obtain sustainable social inclusion, they will be able to contribute to the economic and social development of their families and their community.
However, we are not a charity; we only run a business that aims to positively impact other people's lives. Your pledge will give you the opportunity to buy exclusive, socially conscious, products.
It is with great honor that Samatoa bridges the gap between successful and less fortunate people using fair-trade and ethical commerce. In so doing we contribute to the training, the emancipation and the access to international recognition for our artisans.
Samatoa offers women the opportunity to improve their condition just “like the lotus flower growing above the muddy waters”.
Samatoa is a social textile enterprise, focusing on the values of fair trade and sustainable development to create an alternative to the powerful textile industry.
All of our workers are paid a living wage, have trade union rights, paid leave, and health insurance, not to mention a safe working environment.
Samatoa is responsible for the manufacturing processes from beginning to end – from yarn to finished product, with no intermediaries or outside providers. This is how we ensure the quality of all our products.
Furthermore, Samatoa is an ecologically friendly company – one that uses only sustainable products and no heavy metals or toxic chemicals.
For over ten years, Samatoa's team searched for new textile resources.
During our search, we also developed a fantastic team of expert spinners, weavers, seamstresses and designers. Our innovative fabrics are 100% ecological, hand spun and woven, following traditional Cambodian methods. This gives them a unique texture and properties available nowhere else on the planet, which are now in demand around the world.
Our fabrics are in demand by famous designers from the United States, Europe and Australia.
Because of that demand, we are in urgent need of funds, which will enable us to add more women to our workforce and allow us to take advantage of this great opportunity to ensure the success of Samatoa and its social responsibility for decades to come.
Experiment after experiment followed by research conducted in remote villages enabled Samatoa to bring back to life long forgotten skills. Thousands of years ago the art of creating lotus fabric was known – but then lost. Lotus flowers have been harvested here in Cambodia for generations – but only the flower. The stems – the valuable stems- were left in the water. What a waste! We now harvest those stems, and from them, weave our lotus fabric. Lotus fabric has unique properties: it is naturally soft, light and breathable.
It is also a very eco-friendly fabric containing no chemicals or toxic products.
Starting with this uniquely soft and breathable fabric, we developed the first prototypes of our new collection. Our clothing line and fabrics are all made possible thanks to the skills of our artisans, who possess unparalleled ‘savoir-faire’, resulting in a strikingly precise and detailed creation.
In 2012, we submitted a sarong, made from our unique lotus fibers, to the UNESCO handicrafts program and received their Seal of Excellence. The Seal “encourages artisans to produce handicrafts using traditional skills, patterns and themes in an innovative way, in order to ensure the continuity and sustainability of these traditions and skills.”
Upon receiving the Seal of Excellence, our lotus fabrics received a great deal of attention from designers all around the world, yet our clients have an average wait time of one year.
The impact of expanding of our eco-textile company will be considerable, for a variety of reasons. First, of course, we will provide over 500 women with long-lasting employments. We will ensure that these local handicrafts, made in traditional ways but using new eco-fibers, are never forgotten.
Our fibers are also incredibly friendly to the environment. The extraction, the spinning and the weaving of the lotus fiber, consume no polluting resources, such as oil, electricity or gas; and it doesn’t require any toxic chemicals.
There are many ways you can help us to bring our project to fruition.
Please share our project with your family, friends, colleagues, on your social networks or anywhere you think it can interest someone. And if you are able to do it, make a pledge!
Thank you very much for your support.
Charline Lecomte / Financial Plan, Kristanti Du'a Lodan / Sales Manager, Sonia Chauveau / Export, Corinne Pouplard / Communication, Tatiana Oppenheim / Marketing, Audrey Gappa / Export, Eleonore Rothley / Communication, Adrien Lecomte / Export, Gregory Marie / Marketing, Pauline De Langre / Communication, Karelle Bolon / Fashion Design, Marion Mercy / Communication, Laura Mougel / Web Design, Rodolphe Zimmermann / Strategie, Stéphanie Letessier / Finance, Gwendoline Palmer / Marketing,Julie Gombert / Communication, Leonel Lapcon Meyer / Marketing, Luc-Sovann Nong / Communication, Laetitia / Fashion Marketing.
Risks and challenges
We've spent most of the last year working with our team and partners to mitigate as many risks as possible, however, we know there will still be hurdles along the way. We will always be transparent with our community about the challenges we may face, including these:
IN THE EVENT OF EPIC DEMAND
Our Kickstarter campaign would certainly not be the first to bump into this problem, so we have learned from the past success stories. We have limited the number of pledges available according to what our producers can supply.
Because all of our products are fully handmade, there is always a risk of delay in the production. However, with the appropriate funds we will be able to recruit and train more workers to meet all of our deadlines.
We're shipping our products through the mail. There is a general risk in the reliability of shipping companies, but we will make sure we keep track of your orders and communicate openly its progress to you at all times.
AND FINALLY, A PROMISE
Samatoa is the cumulative result of years of design thinking, hand-sewn prototyping, drafting and redrafting of patterns, surveying, and thousands of conversations to improve our products and amplify our mission. More than anything, we want to see this project through and empower you with the ability to be a model for sustainable fashion. We promise to do whatever it takes to make that possible!
Here at Samatoa we believe integrity is the heart and soul of every successful company. Our integrity is defined by how we handle the risks and challenges we face. We will do everything it takes to make sure our customers are happy, not only with the products they receive, but with our service as well.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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