Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime

Smiling Gecko Switzerland was founded in 2012 to provide assistance and relief for families in need in the Cambodia. With a holistic and sustainable approach towards building an economically viable community, strongly focusing on education and training, Smiling Gecko Switzerland has won the support of many partners here in Switzerland. 4 years ago, the Smiling Gecko Carpentry as a part of the sustainable holistic Smiling Gecko project in Cambodia started to train apprentices, who are mainly from the slums. 4 years later, they graduate as full-fledged carpenters under the guidance of Lukas Koch, a Swiss carpenter who has dedicated his time and knowledge to help educate and train these apprentices. Now, they are making handmade products for sale, in order to raise funds for the next batch of apprentices to start their training. Each apprentice costs the school approximately CHF15’936 per year and we are hoping to raise funds to support these youths who want to make a change in their future. The funds raised here will be used for training the next batch of young apprentices for the next 4 years. We want to be able offer apprenticeships to the ones who want to learn a skill for their future so that they can find work in a developing country and feed their families and change the social sculpture of their community.

This project supports

youths from the most unprivileged part of society in Cambodia by offering them vocational training in carpentry and allowing them to find purpose and in future, a job or run their own business in their community. Despite most of them being illiterate when they started their training, patience and hard work from both the teacher, the mentors and the apprentices themselves have made all of these trainings possible. This handmade PepperMill is proof of their hard work over the last 4 years of apprenticeship at the Carpentry, supported by Smiling Gecko, an NGO that direct aid in the form of finance and other support to people in need in Cambodia, sponsoring projects that are sustainable both from an ecological and economic standpoint.

Picture 2802765d d018 4f22 adfc 4cf699129f7ePicture 589378f8 d5a9 400a afa3 07ede1737c1dPicture 1c608e61 5c6e 43ed 8c4d fe3f98299e12Picture 8179fbef 5fa3 4452 8fbf 45e0e8acf713Picture dbaf7d3b 30fc 4811 826c 20b6dfe0bf55

Some fun facts about the PepperMill | A newspaper writeup with Lukas Koch (in German).

Product Specification: *Palm Wood Pepper


• Cylindrical Ø 5.0 cm

• Height: 210 mm

• Weight: approximately 400g


  1. Wood: Borassus flabellifer – Palmyra Palm
  2. Glue: Mirapur 9515 Rapid (Swiss Product)
  3. Grinder: Ceramic Grinder - CrushGrind® - Shaft (Product of Denmark)
  4. Surface treatment: TOA Teak Oil (Product of Thailand)

*This PepperMill is made from a tropical wood. Due the climate differences between Cambodia and Europe, it is possible that there might be slight cracks in the mill. However, this does not affect the functionality of the PepperMill.

** The ceramic grinder is especially good for the milling of the pepper.

Picture 2189bc49 336d 42d2 864c 35520d139c01Picture 393660c3 2928 4132 b192 70e1929540ec