Artisans Associations of Cambodia

by World Rehabilitation Fund
Artisans Associations of Cambodia
Artisans Associations of Cambodia
Artisans Associations of Cambodia
Artisans Associations of Cambodia
Artisans Associations of Cambodia
Artisans Associations of Cambodia
Artisans Associations of Cambodia
Artisans Associations of Cambodia
Artisans Associations of Cambodia
Artisans Associations of Cambodia
Jan 19, 2018

Supporting Cambodian Artists from Needy Background

Dear Friends who wish to encourage the development of crafts as a means of providing vocational opportunities for persons from disadvantaged backgrounds.

World Rehabilitation Fund (WRF) has been supporting a novel organization in Cambodia-the Artisans Association of Cambodia (AAC).  This Cambodian directed group was formed by WRF as an outgrowth of a project supported by the United Nations to develop a variety of options to help landmine survivors reintegrate into society in several heavily land-mined countries.   The AAC eventually became a self-sustaining Cambodian association who has a membership of some 50 organizations who provide employment and support for persons primarily from disadvantaged backgrounds who pursue the creation of artisan products to earn their livelihoods.  The artisan products include many instances of works that reflect the Khmer culture as well as expressions of the cultural experience of various minority groups that make up the population of Cambodia.   

Through your support we have been able to help the AAC grow from an original four member groups to over 50 as currently constituted.  Staff of and consultants to AAC help members in a wide variety of ways including, training, marketing, helping to purchase raw materials, organizational development, retail display, strategies for successful participation in trade fairs, and help in adhering to fair trade principles.

AAC members are most oftern social enterprises which, in addition to producing prducts also are involved in service activities aimed at improving the lives of artisans and their families.  Most of those benefitting from the program are females.  Artisans and support staff include many persons with disabilities, from single parent homes, survivors of human trafficking and other persons of disadvantaged backgrounds.  

AAC has a close working relationship with the Cambodia Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Tourism.  Members are trained to follow the guidelines of fair trade practices and to produce products by environmentally friendly means.

Past support has enabled AAC to help member organizations to improve the quality of their products, to adopt design features that attract international buyers, to greatly increase the appeal and sales of their producrts and to help artisans and support workers to lead more productive lives and enable them to support their familes at well beyond the subsistence level.  

Recent trade fairs and events in which AAC members have participated or are planning to participate in include 1) the National Silk Weaving Festival (sponsored by the Cambodia Ministry of Culture), 2) the Cambodia Import-Export Exhibition (sponsored by the Cambodian Ministry of Tourism), 3) Chubmet 2018- a muisic and art festival at which crafts are considered to be one of the four pillars of the arts; 4) Bangkok International Gifts and Houseware Fair (at invitation of Thai Embassy)

AAC has been working with the Royal University of Phnom Penh to improve the capacity of silk yarn production.  Silk products have been among the most successful type of craft item produced by AAC artisans.  It is a product that appeals to the international market and it offers an opportunity to create items that promote Khmer and other indigenous culture through the use of certain design formats.   In addition to working to increase the capacity of production, AAC has identified a different silk - yellow silk- which is now available in Thailand for use by AAC members.

Support for AAC will change lives of more Cambodians from the trap of poverty, victimization through human trafficking and dependence into lives of work satisfaction, family support and greater contribution to Cambodian soceity.

We hope you will help us.

 

 

Recently, AAC has introduced a new silk yarn called yellow silk, which is now available in Thailand.

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