Rajana aims to give young, underprivileged Cambodian people the opportunity to be trained in the production and marketing of contemporary craft. Rajana is committed to the personal development of our workers as individuals in an economic, social, and spiritual sense. Rajana provides employment with fair wages and a safe work environment where people have the opportunity for professional development.
Gender: Female, Age: 20
As a teenager, Pan Sreymom needed to support her family, since both of her parents are blind. She began working in construction. “It was very difficult because it was away from my house, hard work, and low income,” she says.” In 2007, Sreymom was able to get a job at Rajana, where she now works as a cleaner, card maker, and ceramicist. Now married with a baby, Sreymom is thankful for the proper income and the opportunity to learn new skills.
Net grew up in a refugee camp on the border of Thailand and later moved to Battambang province, in northwestern Cambodia. In Battambang he went to school but had to quit when his mother died in order to find work to support himself. He then decided to move to Phnom Penh where he began to work at the Rajana Association soon becoming a silversmith. Today Net is the team leader of the workshop, teaching the artisans who have less experience. His dream is to someday have his own silversmith business.
Piseth is one of the youngest artisans. Before arriving to Rajana in 2012, he was a student at Il Nodo where after 2 years he learned to become a silversmith. He heard about Il Nodo through a family member and decided to send his application.
Age: 29 years old
From: Phnom Penh province
Raksmey stopped school at grade 8 due to lack of money. He worked in construction for 4 months under very difficult and hard conditions. So he decided to took another job cleaning and ironing clothes. In 2003, he heard about the Rajana Association and soon began to visit them to obtain training as an artisan. Today Raksmey is a skilled artisan and knows how to work with platinum and landmine materials. In the future he would like to have his own family business.
Living as a single mother is difficult in any culture. Prak Vichra was widowed after just two years of marriage when her husband died in a traffic accident. With one daughter to support, Vichra began working as a tailor out of her home, but business was sporadic and her income was undependable. In 2008, she began working at Rajana where her income is not only steady, but also more than double the amount she made at home. She can now support herself and her daughter with the peace of mind that comes with a monthly paycheck. She enjoys her work sewing clothes, and especially likes working with new styles.