We believe in creating an environment where marginalized people discover their passion, dignity and self-sufficiency to unleash their full potential.
We support vulnerable and marginalized groups by creating economic opportunities. We train and provide skills to home-based workers in remote parts of rural Cambodia and disabled people in Phnom Penh, with the aim of promoting sustainable livelihoods.
Who We Are
Villageworks Cambodia was established in 2001 as a social enterprise. In 2015 we became certified members of the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO). We take great pride in carrying the fair trade label because upholding the fair trade principles, such as proving fair wages, a safe working environment, promoting sustainability and gender equality are in the DNA of our organisation.
We offer a large selection of quality products such as bags, scarves, accessories and interior decoration items. Our innovative products are made from a range of different materials, including recycled, organic and natural materials.
Empowering Village Home-Based Producer Groups
In Cambodia, poverty is found particularly in remote rural villages far from the main roads. Farmers rely on subsistence rice farming and have few other income creation possibilities.
Our home-based producer groups in five different communities in Kampong Thom province, about 250 km from Phnom Penh, allow farm households to generate additional income without having to leave their villages.
In each community, Villageworks runs joint sewing workshops where women can work close to their houses under guidance of an experienced group leader. Our production work is mainly done in the villages.
The village workshops are linked to our coordination and training centre in Baray.
Two own Villageworks outlets in Baray and Phnom Penh serve the tourist market.
From Trash to Treasure