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Following decades of war, Cambodia’s countryside is littered with spent bomb and artillery shell casings. But now Rajana Association of Cambodia is transforming old horrors into peace and beauty. Owned and operated by Khmer people, Rajana (meaning “design” in Khmer) provides skills training and income generation opportunities for young Cambodians, rural and urban poor, and other small producers. Artisans with Rajana create innovative crafts from unique materials—including their innovative line of Bombshell Jewellery.
The basic salary with Rajana is well above the area’s minimum wage for Cambodians working in the garment sector. While the artisans do work eight hours a day, six days a week, they also receive holidays and training in management, leadership, reading, writing, computer skills and even free English lessons. Artisans also receive interest-free loans and help with health services and education costs.