One of the Mang Tha artists, D. Tlem is a 39 year old single mother with two daughters. Her husband passed away in 1995 and she has been a refugee for 11 years.
D. Tlem has advanced cross stitch and sewing skills and enjoys sharing her knowledge with a group of 10 refugee women each week.
Because of the economic opportunities provided by Mang Tha, she can afford to pay the tuition fees for the education of her two daughters each month. Being able to support her family gives her a positive outlook on life.