Founded by Rebecca Parnham, Krama & Co. is a social enterprise run from Christchurch and Cambodia, which places women at its heart. This is because Rebecca and her Cambodian business partner Nita believe that when you give to a woman, she will give back to her children and extended family, creating a ripple effect that is beneficial to the community as a whole.
‘Krama’ means scarf in Cambodian and is the national symbol of Cambodia; Rebecca and Nita pay a fair price for hand-woven krama from female weavers, and for every krama sold, pay one dollar into a village fund where the krama was made. All profits are donated to charities or put towards random acts of kindness for women in New Zealand and Cambodia.
Home & Family has a history which spans over a century of supporting women and families in Canterbury; today the charity offers residential parenting programmes for at-risk families, emergency accommodation and professional counselling for ages.
As a former social worker, Rebecca understands the value and unique nature of Home & Family’s work. In fact, she loves Home & Family so much that it is currently Krama & Co.’s only New Zealand charity.
Kramas are versatile, come in a variety of colours and at $30 make fantastic gifts. What’s more, for every one sold by Home & Family, $10 goes directly towards providing its services. They’re available to purchase directly from Home & Family’s premises in Waltham.
If you live in Christchurch, buying a krama is probably the easiest way to support small charities and help women and children both locally and internationally.