» Background

The Artisans' Association of Cambodia (AAC) is a membership-based organization for crafts producers and sellers in Cambodia. It was established in 2001 under the coordinated effort of the World Rehabilitation Fund (WRF), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) to promote new approaches for the socio-economic integration of landmine survivors, as well as vulnerable people like women, children and disabled people.

AAC registered with the Ministry of Interior (MOI) in 2004 and became a member of the World Fair Trade Organization Global (WFTO) in 2005; a member of WFTO Asia in early 2006 and a member of Homenet South East Asia (HNSEA) in June 2008. Together with its member organizations, AAC aims at creating employment opportunities for vulnerable Cambodian groups through small and medium craft production and sale.

Currently AAC has nearly 50 member organizations. The members have around 2 000 producers and staff and they all work throughout Cambodia. Half of the member organizations are managed and directed by women.

AAC has officially registered the Artisans’ Collection (AC) with the Ministry of Commerce as a company LTD. Since then, AC is eligible to obtain a certificate of origin for exports when members and buyers need it.