In 2014, our co-founder Gary Elton established the Happy + Co Farm in the Cambodian province of Siem Reap after looking for ways to create employment opportunities for young people, particularly the children of rice growers whose options were once limited.
For the next two years, dams were excavated, roads built and buildings erected. It was a journey of trial and error, highs and lows, until eventually the Happy + Co Farm was open for business, selling chemical-free fruit and vegetables to the people of Siem Reap.
Today, the Happy + Co Farm employs over 40 people who plant, harvest and market its increasingly varied produce, in addition to building and equipping greenhouses to allow for year-round harvesting.
But what does the farm have to do with Happy + Co homewares? That’s simple: 10% of the profit from every product sold is invested back into the farm and the community. It’s still early days but we hope that, cushion by cushion, vegetable by vegetable, we can have a positive effect on the lives of people less fortunate than ourselves.
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The farm has already helped Dara, a former tuk tuk driver, qualify as a chef; Sompah, a young girl who supported her elderly parents, become a teacher; and Sokha (pictured), a hotel doorman, complete his business degree and become the manager of the
Happy + Co Farm. And this is just the beginning...