Quite simply, we want to open a shop. This desire is driven by two factors. First and foremost, we want to provide greater retail reach for our products in order to grow Khmer Creations and continue our mission. We also want our customers to have the most enjoyable experience possible by curating the best of Cambodia’s ethical handmade products, all in one fashionable boutique!
Cambodia, and Phnom Penh in particular, is emerging as a funky, ethical shopping destination – no longer is your tourist shopping limited to mass-produced, tacky souvenirs. Instead, you can buy a range of hand-crafted designer products made by Khmer people who enjoy and benefit from their work.
There has never been a better time to display all that Cambodia has to offer, and never a better time to come and visit.
Four reasons for you to support our campaign
- Celebrate social business and endorse ethical trade – Your contributions will directly support our artisans in Cambodia by providing them with an opportunity to showcase their work in a retail space while earning a fair wage in a safe working environment.
- Create access to the market for other small producers – Our shop removes barriers for small producers to access Cambodia’s thriving tourist market. Your support to build the best boutique we can is a chance to highlight, promote and support more social businesses and independent artisans.
- Create employment – By opening our store, we have the opportunity to employ more artisans at Khmer Creations, give them valuable retail experience and face-to-face contact with those who buy their products, and continue to provide education and support to those who truly need it.
- Get awesome rewards – All of the money that we receive will be directly invested into making this shop happen, and because your contributions will greatly support all of our artisans, they will support you with awesome rewards!
Who we are
Khmer Creations is a creative and sustainable business that produces handmade jewellery and accessories. We are driven by our economic goal to succeed as a sustainable and viable business, and our social goal to empower Khmer women through financial independence and life skills.
We are committed to promoting ethical trade, raising awareness about exploitative working conditions in Cambodia and empowering women through ethical business. We provide employment opportunities to young women living below the poverty line who would otherwise enter exploitative jobs such as forced sex work or in garment factories.
The Khmer Creations team believe that women have the right to live peacefully, equitably and with the security of economic independence. We use this conviction to guide our program of skills training with Khmer women living in extremely challenging situations. We passionately understand how quality product development and ethical trading can empower Cambodian producers to hold the key to their own bright future.
Find out more on our website: khmercreations.org
Our Social business model
Employment – We believe by paying salaries based on the living wage in Phnom Penh, providing health care coverage, child care facilities and a safe and rewarding work environment we are not only impacting the lives of our staff, but the communities around us.
Training – We train our artisans in technical jewellery making techniques as well as business management skills, personal development and financial literacy, team work and leadership, production management, quality control, and ethical and fair trade practices.
Empowerment – Khmer Creations empowers Khmer women through financial independence and life skills. All profits are reinvested to grow Khmer Creations into a leading example of a sustainable social business.
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