Developing Cambodia's indigenous crafts makers


Indigenous people are the poorest of Cambodia’s poor, living in remote, inaccessible parts of the country and suffering from multiple disadvantages, including poor health, lack of education and food insecurity. Almost one in four children in the northeast province of Ratanakiri dies before reaching the age of five, and three quarters of the population is illiterate.

The aim of this Joint Programme was to revive Cambodia’s cultural assets and create jobs, spur economic growth and reduce poverty by developing the country’s creative industries. Since 2009, 800 indigenous people across four Cambodian provinces have learned new entrepreneurial skills — including marketing and quality control, exhibition, costing and consignment techniques — to sell more textiles and products and increase their families’ incomes.


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