Previously a Khmer wedding dress seamstress from her own home, Thida now enjoys working at Dorsu because she can spend the day talking with the other staff. She hopes that Dorsu will continue to grow and employ more people.
What is ‘dorsu’? “It’s a big word that means we have to try very hard to get past anything that happens, like a hard time.”
During the day, Sothy loves to learn more about pattern making at Dorsu. By night, she spends time at home watching “Hot News Cambodia” on the television. Before coming to Dorsu six years ago, Sothy sold coffee at a pagoda during parties. She has enjoyed watching Dorsu grow bigger throughout her time working with the business.
What is ‘dorsu’? Try and try and try to work hard.
Leakna has one son who takes up most of her free time because she loves to be with her family. At Dorsu, she oversees the quality control and hopes that one day the workshop will have air conditioning to help during hot Cambodian summers.
What is ‘dorsu’? “‘Dorsu’ is to try hard.”
Pharith stays busy at Dorsu with accounting, customer service and staff management and enjoys also being resident ‘handyman.' When he’s not working, his favourite thing to do is drive around Kampot on his moto to explore new places or spend time with his wife and two sons.
What is ‘dorsu’? “‘Dorsu means that we have to stay with the pattern, try hard, and work hard.”
Sokly worked at a bookshop before coming to Dorsu, where she now loves to handle customer service and practice crochet. She spends free time at home with her family, and thinks the most beautiful thing in Kampot is the riverside sunset. In the future, she hopes that Dorsu can have a really big store.
What is ‘dorsu’? “Try working hard and if anything happens we still try very hard.”
Samorn is both a cutter and sewer at Dorsu, having previously worked at a garment factory in Phnom Penh. She is inspired by the Dorsu working environment, especially the flexibility of the team and the workshops focus on health and safety. Her favourite thing about living and working in Kampot is the cooler weather, where she can spend her time in the garden, growing many different fruit trees.
What is ‘dorsu’? Try and try to win.
Sophat’s favourite thing about working as a sewer at Dorsu is having lunch each day with the team. She hopes to see the skills of the team grow with the business, so that Dorsu can continue to make great quality products. In her free time, she loves to look after her mini farm, where she has over 25 chickens, ducks and dogs. She loves living in Kampot because of the mix of locals and expats in the community, but also because of the palm trees.
What is ‘dorsu’? Try to move past the hard things.
Ellen loves to travel, and has spent that last few years travelling and working in ethical fashion throughout Asia. Now based in Kampot, she spends her free time sewing, swimming and hanging out with friends. Her favourite thing about Dorsu is the energy; being surrounded by a team that works together to create not only a great product, but a progressive working environment.
What is ‘dorsu’? I am told it means to try, but the dorsu I know is to ‘be real’.
Sreydieb’s favourite thing to do is hang out at home, watching television and movies. At Dorsu, Sreydieb is part of the sewing team, where she feels happy and comfortable, working with a fun and friendly team. She hopes to see Dorsu grow over time, so the team can grow as well, providing jobs for more people. When Sreydieb isn’t watching comedies, she loves to visit Bokor Mountain.
What is ‘dorsu’? Not to run away from the hard things, but to try and try.
Hanna started Dorsu dreaming to develop a sustainable business to fund the Chumkriel Language School and is excited that it has grown into a proud team who have devised a better way of making clothing. Hanna moves between Cambodia and Australia regularly to create broader access for people to engage with Dorsu but is happiest at the workshop listening to the buzz of sewing machines, the radio and happy chatter of the team. Hanna’s favourite thing to do is bike around Kampot and enjoy the vibrant colours of blue-green rice fields and red-orange sunsets
What is ‘dorsu’? “To be brave enough to just keep going.”
Before coming to Dorsu, Vanny worked at a knitting factory in Kampot. He is now in charge of quality control and Dorsu, making sure each item is exactly perfect. When Vanny isn’t at work checking t‐shirts and chatting with the team, his favourite thing to do is dance. He also loves gardening, where he spends a lot of time making his garden beautiful and mosquito free.
What is ‘dorsu’? Try and try.
Kunthear started Dorsu with a dream of running a store where all of the staff help each other and work together like family. She is proud to now lead a strong business with a great team and run a positive and fair workplace. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her own family and learning to design new clothing. Before Dorsu, Kunthear worked at a restaurant and at a garment factory. She loves living in Cambodia and thinks the funniest thing to do is visit the zoo because all of the elephants will respond when you call them by name!
What is ‘dorsu’? “Tenacity.”
Before coming to Dorsu, Sreypow took sewing lessons at a class in Kampot. She is now part of the sewing team, growing her skills more each day. When she is at work, she loves to chatting to Hanna, getting inside tips on healthy food and eating. Sreypow loves spending time at home with her son, watching television and eating Kampot’s infamous durian.
What is ‘dorsu’? Try to solve problems.
Set is the Sales Supervisor at Dorsu. He loves the idea that Dorsu produces ethical products and he enjoys working in a place where the staff are friendly. When he is not working he likes to play football, chat with friends, watch action movies and fancies a good book.
What is 'dorsu'? In Khmer, it means to work hard and keep trying.
Elvire is a branding intern at Dorsu, she is French and studies fashion in Amsterdam. She enjoys having lunch with the team and coming up with creative ideas. In her free time, she beats the heat by the swimming pool, sips on coconuts and bikes around sunny Kampot. She loves cheese, travels and her mum.
What is 'dorsu'? Creating a good product in a good environment.