A little about
Kumae was established in August, 2013 to provide jobs in banana paper production as well as language learning opportunities for those who work at the dumpsite in Onlung Pi village, Siem Reap, Cambodia. We aim to improve the standards of living and education of the people there. Our work is not unilateral, but is firmly founded on mutual trust.


“What kind of occupation do you want to do in the future?” Questionnaires were targets for children working at the dump-side. More than 90% of the children said “I do not know” while the rest said about familiar choices of jobs like teachers, doctors, farmers, working in the dump site. When we asked adults working at the garbage mountain, more than half said that “I do not want to work at the garbage mountain if possible”. Because there are not many options of jobs in the village, working near home with family is often chosen over health and safety.

Action is a message
founder's profile


Born in 1993 in Tokyo, raised in Fukuoka Prefecture.
After graduating from high school, I came to visit Cambodia for the first time. I was attracted not by the temples or the dump site but the people of Cambodia that I decided to drop university and came to live in Siem Reap. I was able to go and teach children Japanese at the dump site while I was working for a Japanese tour company. Teaching is not an effective way to have a big change, so I started to make papers out of banana trunks. Now we have 11 women from the dump site working with us Kumae. We have come to this point because each and everyone of us believe in possibilities and each other. Kumae, we build trust and trust is built by actions.