In 2013, our co-founder, Rachel Dodson, left her fast-paced job as a modeling agent in New York City to pursue a career in serving and empowering marginalized women. It was then that Rachel traveled to Phnom Penh, Cambodia and saw the need for women to be educated and provided with self-sustaining jobs. Just a couple months later, her bags were packed for good. Once in Phnom Penh, Rachel met Srey Mao and the two became fast friends. With a shared passion for empowering women, ethical fashion, and working hard, it was not long before Penh Lenh was off the ground.
Since it's beginning, Penh Lenh has grown into an internationally recognized jewelry company that not only produces unique and bold pieces, but also serves its artisans through quality education, sustaining employment, and female empowerment.
There is a saying in Cambodia that goes, "Men are gold, women are a white cloth," which implies that men are strong and cannot be stained or lose their value, while women—like a white cloth—once dirty, are stained forever. We are on a mission to correct this mentality and create a movement toward equality across the world.