We are working with a number of social enterprises organisations and individuals from Cambodia and Lao. These organisations are all Fair Trade members or work under Fair Trade principles.
Saoban creates opportunities for economically and socially marginalised producers in Laos and operates on the principles of ‘Fair Trade’. Saoban ensures fair pay and working conditions for village artisans to provide rural families and communities the opportunity for a dignified and sustainable livelihood.
Saoban helps the master craftsmen and village women weaving artisans find markets for their products outside of Laos. Their goal is to introduce this talented group to self sustaining business practices that will empower themselves, their families and communities. With this direct-to-the-source revenue stream, they can preserve these age-old skills and attract future generations to the craft. In turn, they help improve the standard of living for families and the entire village.http://www.saobancrafts.com
In buying claycult Cambodia beads and jewellery you are supporting a small workforce of Cambodians in the city of Siem Reap. Robbie and Lu, the founders of Clay Cult pride themselves in providing above award wages, good working conditions including housing, food, education, medical and dental and a happy work environment. So when you buy Claycult Cambodia beads you are not only getting a piece of beautiful jewellery but also something from the heart of this mystic land.
The Ammo collection is handmade in Cambodia and uses recycled brass bullets and sterling silver to produce their jewellery. Ammo is designed by founder Madeline Green, who is originally from the UK and now based in Siem Reap, which is home to the UNESCO world heritage temples of Angkor Wat.
Madeline learnt traditional Cambodian jewellery making techniques and was fascinated by the way in which a material such as a cold, hard bullet, can be transformed into a wearable, feminine or masculine piece of jewellery.
The Ammo collection is the result of months of sketches, ideas, and a dream come true for this UK designer. Not only does she get to spend her time making jewellery, but Madeline also runs a vocational training programme to teach jewellery making to local disadvantaged Cambodians. She now employs 2 full time Cambodian jewellers and two local apprentices to learn and help her make lots of contemporary bullet jewellery...
Kravan House in Phnom Penh, Cambodia was started by an inspiring lady named Thanan Hok in 2003. Her business provides a sales outlet for silk and cotton weavers and coordinates the work of over 50 expert weavers and sewers, from both city and rural areas. Over half the artisans have disabilities like herself, mainly through landmine accidents and polio. Her successful business is providing opportunities for these skilled artisans to earn a decent wage and have greater access to international markets for their beautiful products. Kravan House has flourished into a large and successful operation, with much of the design work undertaken by founder Thanan Hok.
The Rajana Association is a non-profit organisation for income generation and skills training, producing Fair Trade products using traditional Cambodian skills with contemporary designs. The name “Rajana” means “design” in Khmer. Rajana Association focuses on the rural and urban poor, and small producers of handicrafts. Rajana trains young Cambodians in traditional craft–making skills, as well as in accounting, marketing, computer courses and English. Through development of traditional craft–making skills, Rajana helps maintain and rebuild Cambodia’s rich cultural traditions, damaged in the country’s wars. Rajana association began in 1995 as an income–generating project of the British non-government organisation Southeast Asian Outreach UK.
Since 2000 Rajana has been independantly owned and operated by Cambodians.
34 years old from Battambang province. He grew up in a refugee camp on the border of Thailand and later moved to Battambang province, in northwestern Cambodia. In Battambang he went to school but had to quit when his mother died in order to find work to support himself. He then decided to move to Phnom Penh where he began to work at the Rajana Association soon becoming a silversmith. Today he is the team leader of the workshop, teaching the artisans who have less experience. His dream is to someday have his own silversmith business.
32 years old from Takeo province. Sovann worked at the Rajana association since 1999. He began working with wood and bamboo materials which he would craft and paint and then combine with silk. He was always keen to continue learning more methods as an artisan and soon became interested in the work of the jewellery. In 2001, Sobann began working at the jewellery workshop
42 years old from Kandal province. Sopheak works part time at Rajana, and takes care of his children. He has worked at Rajana since 1999 and learned to become a silversmith with the help of the Rajana association. He would like to learn more about artisan jewellery, combining more materials and improving the design crafting with his expertise.
27 years old from Kandal province. Piseth is one of the youngest artisans. Before arriving to Rajana in 2012, he was a student at Il Nodo (an organisation which provides education to the disadvantaged youth) where after 2 years he learned to become a silversmith. He would like to improve his ability in silversmith and wants to save money so that someday he can support his own family. He likes to design his own pieces and dreams someday to make his own jewellery.
29 years old from Phnom Penh province. Raksmey stopped school at grade 8 due to lack of money. He worked in construction for 4 months under very difficult and hard conditions. Due to this he decided to take another job cleaning and ironing clothes. In 2003, he heard about the Rajana association and soon began to visit them to obtain training as an artisan. Today Raksmey is a skilled artisan and knows how to work with platinum and landmine materials. In the future he would like to have his own family business.