Besides being renowned for its high-quality standards in handicrafts and silk, Artisans Angkor is a Cambodian social business who sets social concerns on top of its mission’s agenda. Our goals are built on a long-term vision which aims at contributing in the economic and social development of the Siem Reap province. Indeed, our company finds its roots in Cambodia’s recent past, as we took part in the reconstruction of the province in the 1990’s.
Being a social enterprise also admits that all profits made by our company are reinvested in the company’s development such as the opening of new workshops in the province, new training sessions which finally lead to employment opportunities with a steady income for the rural youth. Also, our artisans through “Artisanat Khmer”, the association they have formed, own a 20% stake in the company. This fact tends to shows a commitment from our artisans to the development of the company. Thus, Artisans Angkor is the result of a common project, in which social values are emphasized.
Artisans Angkor’s commitment in the education sector
Artisans Angkor’s sustainable growth these last years gave us the possibility to extend the number of our workshops from 42 in 2012 to 48 in 2013. Consequently, the number of employees increased according to the manpower needs, and nowadays, the company counts about 1320 people, including over 900 artisans.
For each workshop opening, 15 to 30 young rural people have to be trained according to the capacity of the workplace. After a series of tests based on motivation and manual skills, the selected young people receive a free and compensated vocational training followed by an internship during which they start to handcraft items they will produce if they want to work for Artisans Angkor in the future (about 95% of the people decide to work for the company after their internship period).
The company curbs rural depopulation by opening workplaces in remote areas in the Siem Reap province. It is our mission to give the possibility for young people aged form 18 to 25 years-old to work close to their home village and therefore the recruitment sessions usually take place in a 5 km-perimeter around the workshops.
Guaranteeing the trainees compensation during the apprenticeship period enables their family to be less reluctant regarding their children undertaking vocational training, as it does not threaten their earnings. Cambodian people living in rural areas often work in fields with their relatives; thus, being recruited by Artisans Angkor is not seen as a financial loss for the family but, on the contrary, as a chance to improve their standards of living.