A bonus of choosing one of their little critters is that your purchase empowers women through sustainable employment. CK believes that employment opportunities provide women with a path out of poverty, especially when their work is fairly paid and helps to address the challenges they face. CK also provide their producers with education stipends, emergency health care and annual eye care.
As a social enterprise, we invest in our communities because we believe that putting people ahead of profits results in a great product!
Products: Knitted and crocheted toys
Khmer Creations is a sustainable business that produces contemporary handmade jewellery and accessories. Khmer Creations provides skills training and secure employment to young women who have previously been working in exploitative jobs or are at risk of entering these industries due to lack of education and employment opportunities.
Khmer Creations was created with a vision to develop a creative business that would tangibly benefit Cambodian women and their communities. They fervently believe that women have the right to live peacefully, equitably and with the security of economic independence. Khmer Creations understand how quality product development and ethical trading can empower Cambodian producers to hold the key to their own bright future.
Products: Handmade jewelry, ties and pocket squares
Designs and patterns are focused on integrating timeless values with Khmer traditional weaving techniques.
We offer exclusive hand-woven textiles for home and lifestyle with modern aesthetics. Every piece is handcrafted elegantly with dignity and respect by Khmer women.
Products: Scarves, clothing
Buying clothes that have been made fairly does not have to mean sacrificing an appreciation for design or a love for beautiful things. The Dorsu “way” is challenging the conventional approach of today’s fashion industry. Imagine a world where clothing isn’t seen as disposable and where ethical production isn’t seen as charity.
Dorsu provides fair and safe employment for its growing team. They source remnant cotton jersey from fabric suppliers in Phnom Penh, and financially support Chumkriel Language School.
Products: Men’s and women’s clothing
Sra May, meaning to dream/imagine in Khmer, is a social business initiative to empower young women in Cambodia by teaching them skills and providing them with the opportunity to earn extra income for their families.
Sra May believe in the beauty of local materials, like palm leaves and cotton krama scarfs. Sra May use these materials to create unique products.
Cambodian Living Arts
The mission of Cambodian Living Arts is to facilitate the transformation of Cambodia through the arts. CLA works in collaboration with others to create an environment where Cambodian arts empower and transform individuals and communities by encouraging the growth of artists and the arts community, by promoting awareness of the arts, and by advocating for the arts with cultural policymakers and major institutions. CLA believes that through creativity we can each expand our potential as human beings.
Products: Quality recordings of Khmer traditional music, t-shirts, tote-bags, storybooks
Epic Arts is an inclusive arts NGO, committed to education and empowering Cambodian people to see ability, not disability. Epics Arts uses the arts to work with people who have disabilities and those that do not, to promote the message that every person counts.
Epic Creations is a social enterprise developed by Epic Arts. Epic Arts students make the items as part of their learning, whether that be developing creative skills or exploring how to use the arts to make and learn basic business skills.
The profit from the Epic Creations goes straight back into Epic Arts programs to fund activities and to develop new creative business ideas.
Products: Cards, notebooks, printed t-shirts
Human and Hope
Hope handicrafts are made by Cambodian women who graduated from the Human and Hope sewing program. All proceeds from the sale of their products support education and training opportunities for marginalized Cambodians.
Products: Homewares, bags, purses, crayon carrier
Fungo Poo Cards
Fungo Poo was initially set up to help raise funds for the elephant program at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre. Although the initial purpose was to raise much needed funds to care for an injured elephant, Fungo Poo cards also provided a profitable income source for its employees. The cards have become so popular that Fungo now partners with a local NGO called Children’s Communities Cambodia to provide support for education and employment for local families.
Products: Handmade greeting cards
Eco Chopsticks is a fair trade business that produces chopsticks from natural wood. Based in Steung Treng & Takeo provinces, Eco Chopstick works to alleviate poverty by providing economic independence to elderly people and women in rural areas. Eco Chopstick embraces the skills of its artisans to create sustainable, handmade products.
Products: Handmade Chopsticks, Spoon and Fork Covers
Bumblebee Cambodia Soap
Bumblebee soaps feature premium virgin coconut oil made in Cambodia by Coco Khmer, Italian olive oil and silky smooth Australian castor oil. They blend the finest essential oils from Asia and around the world.
Your purchase of Bumblebee Cambodia Soap directly empowers young Cambodians to determine their own future through employment and education opportunities.
Products: Soap, lip balm
Dawn Scent Candles
Dawn Scent Candles are homemade & hand poured by a Khmer lady, who truly loves candles. Every single candle is made from pure soy wax flakes with a blend of fragrance oil imported from America.
Dawn Scent Candles’ goal is to produce high quality, all natural scented candles, and to popularise natural scented candles in Cambodia.
Friends in Phnom Penh (Mith Samlanh”or “Close Friends”) runs a full child protection and social reintegration program that includes outreach on the streets and in marginalized communities, drop-in centers for street children, Transitional Homes for children separated from family, non-formal education and vocational training. It is the program’s goal that every child access education and every youth have the skills to obtain stable employment.
The program also supports at-risk groups, such as drug users and sex workers, to access rehabilitate and prevent sickness. In recent years, Mith Samlanh has increased its focus on youth employment, and provides specialized support through three Futures Office employment centres.
Products: Wallets, purses
Cleanbodia bags are made with cassava, a root vegetable grown throughout Southeast Asia. The cassava reduces plastic usage and allows Cleanbodia bags to biodegrade in under five years, whether it is in water, soil, or even buried in garbage. But just because they biodegrade doesn’t mean they are weaker. Filled with hot soup or produce from the market, Cleanbodia biodegradable bags are as strong as traditional plastic bags.