The Rajana Association is a nonprofit organization for income generation and skills training, producing fair trade products using traditional Cambodian skills with contemporary designs. The name “Rajana” means “design” in Khmer. Rajana Association focuses on the rural and urban poor, and small producers of handicrafts. Rajana trains young Cambodians in traditional craft–making skills, as well as in accounting, marketing, computer courses and English. Through development of traditional craft–making skills, Rajana helps maintain and rebuild Cambodia’s rich cultural traditions, damaged in the country’s wars.
Rajana Association began in 1995 as an income–generating project of the British nongovernmental organization Southeast Asian Outreach UK. Since 2000 Rajana has been owned and operated by Cambodians. Rajana Association is a member of the Artisans’ Association of Cambodia, which is itself a member of the International Fair Trade Association (IFAT).
Ten Thousand Villages buys jewelry and home decor from Rajana Association. Ten Thousand Villages has been purchasing from Rajana since 2007.
- Artisan Products