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Whimsical silk elephant ornament is adorned with traditional Khmer ikat and handcrafted by an artisan workshop in northwestern Cambodia. Following years of war, Cambodia is reviving traditional arts such as silk production and weaving-almost-lost arts that are now providing valuable income for young Cambodian women. With few opportunities, women in this area often move to larger cities, where they are at risk. This project encourages them to stay in their own community.
HANDCRAFTED IN CAMBODIA
Rehab Craft Cambodia (RCC) is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization developed to create employment for Cambodians with disabilities. Many Cambodians are disabled due to injuries from land mines left after the war; land mines are still a major problem in the country. RCC recognizes the obstacles these Cambodians face and gives them skills to create a successful and meaningful business. Since people with disabilities have historically had few opportunities for training or employment, RCC does not hire on the basis of education or job experience. Instead, the organization is dedicated to providing training and opportunities for advancement within the company. RCC pays fair wages for skilled work; its artisans earn two and one-half to three times the average factory–production wage. Ten Thousand Villages has been buying from Rehab Craft Cambodia since 2006.