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The Artisans Association of Cambodia (AAC) is a membership based organization established in 2001 under the coordinated efforts of the World Rehabilitation Fund (WRF), the United Nations Development Programme and the International Labour Organization in order to promote new approaches of socio-economic development of landmine survivors, other persons with disabilities and vulnerable groups. Central to the mission of the AAC is our commitment to promoting economic independence for vulnerable communities and maintaining the traditional
skills of woven Cambodian handicrafts.
Today, the AAC has 45 member organizations who employ close to 2,000 people, the overwhelming majority of whom are members of vulnerable communities. Among the artisans and employees working for AAC member organizations, 79% are women, 11% are persons with disabilities, and 3% are landmine survivors. The members are located in all parts of the country and 53% of the member organizations are managed by women. The AAC is funded by WRF and registered as a legal status of the Association with the Ministry of Interior on April 30th, 2004. The Artisans’ Collection Ltd. is the trade arm of the AAC, which is registered with the Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Economic and Finance in 2009. The Artisans’ Collection Ltd. aims to facilitate trade for the AAC members. The AAC is a standing member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) Global since 2005 and a WFTO Regional member since 2006 In addition, the AAC has been member of the HomeNet South East Asia network since 2008.