Who We Support
Our aim is to empower disadvantaged artisans and help them earn a sustainable wage so that they can provide for their families. Earning a liveable wage enables the artisans to take control of their lives, boost their self-esteem, and become recognised as valued members of their communities.
We do this by providing funding to fair-trade social enterprises and NGO’s that provide training, equipment and materials to help people learn a craft. We also provide seed funding for small business opportunities and purchase beautiful handmade goods crafted by people with disabilities and other marginalised groups from fair-trade enterprises.
Like many SE Asian countries, Cambodia has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Most artisans rely on international tourism to sell their work and now that international travel has virtually ground to a halt they can no longer earn a sustainable income. Even online shopping is a struggle due to the lack of reliable online payment gateways and disrupted shipping options.
Ability Fair Trade Village
Our founding recipient is: Ability Fair Trade Village (AFTV), a not-for-profit social enterprise in Siem Reap Cambodia, that sells creative works by artisans with disabilities. When tourism ground to a halt due to COVID-19 they had to close the shop.
CAP funds will be used to assist Ability Fair Trade Village with creating an online shop, currently under development, and to assist with the marketing, promotion and sale of products handcrafted by their artisans.
Siem Reap Food Bank
In April 2020 AFTV established the Siem Reap Food Bank (SRFB) to help sustain the artisans and their families through the COVID-19 economic crisis. However, it soon became obvious that there were many more people in need of food security and the SRFB has extended their service to include other vulnerable people such as the elderly and single-parent families.
CAP funds will also be used to help feed artisans and their families until they can return to earning a sustainable income.