About Khmer Creations
Contemporary design, fair trade and empowering people through sustainable business.
Khmer Creations is born from our passion for contemporary accessories and desire to make the world a better place.
We are a group of women handcrafting a range of jewelry and accessories.
We are a social business.
We are Khmer Creations.
Khmer Creations began in 2007 with a vision to develop a creative business that would tangibly benefit Cambodian women and their communities. What started as therapeutic jewelry making workshops in shelters for sex trafficked women quickly became a business creating long-term employment opportunities.
We now provide skills training and secure employment to young women who have previously been working in exploitative jobs (including the sex trade and unregulated factories) and those who are at-risk of entering these industries due to difficulties in accessing education and employment opportunities.
Buying jewelry and accessories is one of life’s little pleasures. But it can also bring change and opportunity for the women who make it. Every product is made with love and makes a difference in the lives of our artisans and their families.
Khmer Creations exists to empower women to actively improve and take control of their lives. We believe in, and advocate for, the rights of women to engage equally in society and to live a life that is free from fear, violence and exploitation. Our studio primarily employs single mothers and female heads of households where they are paid above market wages with health and child care benefits.
Social Innovation and Ethical Business
We value social enterprise as a method of sustainably reducing poverty through a commercially viable business model.
We make sure that our artisans are treated well and paid fairly.
Our business operations are guided by the 10 principles of Fair Trade endorsed by the World Fair Trade Organization. By setting higher standards of wages based on a living wage in Phnom Penh, providing health care coverage, child care facilities and a safe and rewarding work environment we are not only impacting the lives of our staff, but the communities around us.
Skill development and worker’s wellbeing
We are committed to the personal and professional development of our artisans. We provide training in technical jewellery making techniques as well as business management skills, personal development and financial literacy, teamwork and leadership, production management, quality control, and ethical and fair trade practices.
Contemporary Design and Quality Training
Our on-trend, contemporary designs stand out in a market filled with mass-produced products. Our collection has been expanded and refined over many years of testing in export and domestic markets. New products are developed by our team in Cambodia and by our Creative Director in Australia.
We believe that our business can only be a success if we produce products that are designed and made to the highest quality using locally sourced raw materials. The highest attention to quality has been a central focus of our social enterprise since its inception; products are checked at three different stages before reaching the customer.