» 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 Organisation (ILO) to promote new approaches for the socio-economic integration of landmine survivors, others with disabilities and other vulnerable groups.

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 landmine survivors, others with disabilities and other vulnerable groups through small and medium craft production and sales.

Currently AAC has over than 45 member organizations. In total the members have around 2 000 producers and staff and they all work throughout Cambodia. Of employees working in member organizations, 79% are women; 11% are people with disabilities, 3% are landmine victims and 53% 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. in late 2008. Since then AC is eligible to obtain a certificate oforigin for exports when members and buyers need it.