Polnath’s Story


Reintegration_jpg3Nath was one of the first women who came to Hagar in Cambodia seeking refuge. Her husband, an alcoholic, often beat and abused her. They wandered the streets homeless. That’s where Nath gave birth to her daughter. But when her husband died suddently, Nath was completely destitute and alone. That’s when she came to Hagar, where she began her journey to wholeness.

She learned to sew and began working for Hagar’s social enterprise, Hagar Design. She was a quick learner and caught on fast to the new techniques. After a year of support and care at the shelter, Nath integrated into the community.

That was 15 years ago.

Since then she has steadily progressed in her career. For 10 years, she worked as sewing staff for Hagar Design. Later, she trained young sewing apprentices through Hagar’s Career Pathways Programme and then became a Career Pathways Student Advisor.

Most recently, Nath followed up with Career Pathways Students in their apprenticeships.

Now, Nath is using the skills and experience she gathered over the past 10 years and is setting out on her own as a small business owner.

Her tailoring shop is a hub of activity and bustling with customers.

“I am very happy that I can achieve my dreams. Now I have my own business. I have many customers. And my daughter also makes me very proud. She is smart and diligent. Today she is also working and independent. I am very thankful to the training I received from Hagar. Without it, I would not be who I am today.”

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Today, Nath is strong and independent and able to give her family a different future. Her daughter finished high school and is now in university. “My daughter also makes me very proud. She is smart and diligent.”