Krong Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province
Dalin is a young, hard-working Cambodian woman who wants to open a small shop in order to help support her family, husband, and young daughter, Cheanura. Her husband works, but they still are just scraping by, and Dalin wants to work to make sure that Cheanura can go to the very best schools and receive a good education, as well as help the rest of her extended family to thrive. Dalin has seen that while there are many clothing shops out there, not many focus on Khmer teen fashion. With the Khmer/Chinese New Year coming up in April, Dalin sees an opportunity to sell a large quantity of beautiful clothes to young women for the largest celebration in Khmer culture to get her business started, and then will continue to be able to sell these beautiful garments for weddings and other formal celebrations throughout the year. She may also break into formal fashion for children if people begin to ask for it. Dalin needs $1500 downpayment for her store location. This will be followed by $150 dollars per month in rent for the space. Our goal is to cover her first 6 months rent with this fundraiser so that she can truly focus on making a profit, totaling $900. Dalin will then need about $1400 to travel to Thailand and purchase the merchandise needed to get her shop up and running. Last, but not least, it will take about $400 to get signs made, a transaction counter, and other decorations to make her store stand out in the marketplace. The current working-name for her shop is "La Lune Fashions." This puts her needed start-up costs at a total of $4,200. I am setting the goal a little bit higher, at an even $5000, to help cover any unexpected costs that come her way. Many of you know about the time I spent in Cambodia completing my thesis project. Dalin was not one of my students; I had the opportunity to meet her and her family through her involvement with a few other close friends of mine. Her family took me under their wing and helped me to really experience Khmer customs and lifestyle rather than just reading about it in textbooks, and I cannot ever thank them enough for that. Please help Dalin in her entrepreneurial efforts to help herself, her daughter, and her family to live a better life. I cannot think of anyone more deserving, and I will personally make sure that every penny donated here goes directly to her to make this dream come true. Thank you so much for your contributions. Remember that every little bit helps; there is no such thing as a donation too small, and if you can't afford to donate, your well-wishes are appreciated as well. Sincerely, Dalin, Odom, Cheanura, Danielle, and the Chhom family.