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 runs programs for literacy and numeracy, language, computers, marketing and management training. In addition to their workshop production team, RCC established the Self–Employed Producers with Disabilities Program (SEPD). Through SEPD, Rehab Craft provides individual artisans with free business skills training, advice on design and marketing and sales support.
Rehab Craft Cambodia was established in 1995. RCC pays fair wages for skilled work; its artisans earn two and one-half to three times the average factory–production wage. RCC is a member of the International Fair Trade Association (IFAT) and of the Artisans’ Association of Cambodia.
Ten Thousand Villages buys wood carvings, bags, silk and ikat products, leather journals, wooden puzzles and jewelry from Rehab Craft Cambodia. Ten Thousand Villages has been buying from Rehab Craft Cambodia since 2006.
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