Phnom Penh has many wonderful not-for-profit organisations whose programmes are funded or partially funded by stores selling their products. So why not spend and feel good about it at the same time?
Whether you’re hunting for gifts for family or a memento of your time spent here, there are a few special places it might pay, and pay it forward, to check out. We’ve rounded up some of the very best to get along to.
On St.13 is Friends ‘n’ Stuff, a funky little store specialising in bags, clothing, jewellery and accessories. All the products are made by local families who come from a variety of difficult circumstances. Their creations feature bold colours and quirky designs, and are often crafted using recycled materials.
Further up along St.13 you’ll find the Artisans Angkor boutique showroom. Artisans Angkor is a social enterprise founded with the aim of providing training and employment to underprivileged rural Cambodians. It now employs around 1,100 people, 700 of which are artisans. The Phnom Penh store showcases beautiful gifts, decorations, artworks and garments crafted by talented staff at their 48 workshops in Siem Reap province.
A few steps east of the Russian Market along St.450 is the store and workshop of Rajana Association. Rajana’s mission is to reignite the creative spark doused by the Khmer Rouge regime. This Cambodian-run not-for-profit organisation provides training and employment opportunities for local people, pairing traditional skills with contemporary designs. With unique jewellery pieces, bags and other accessories, fellas might struggle to drag their partners away from this one. They have also recently opened a newshowroom on St.240.
Daughters of Cambodia’s boutique store and visitor centre, found on Sisowath Quay, stocks a variety of interesting and attractive products including jewellery, scarves and bags, children’s toys, men’s products, t-shirts, and home décor items. You’re sure to find something with your name on it.
Tabitha store features a gorgeous range of beautiful, handcrafted silk products. From bedding to tablecloths, to bags and shawls, all crafted from the finest Cambodian silk.
Cambodian Creations aims to generate income for at-risk Cambodian workers in an ethical, fair-trade environment. They stock a fabulous range of jewellery, handicrafts and knitted toys, sourced from a number of socially responsible producers across Cambodia.
At 3Strands store the ethos is all about reintegration for survivors of human trafficking or sexual exploitation. They sell a variety of apparel, bags, wallets and other accessories.
Tonlé at Phnom Penh International Airport is an ethical fashion label which is all about paying workers fair wages with decent benefits while using ethically and environmentally sourced material (zero waste) so you can feel good about looking great.
Goel Community believes in the value of traditional craftsmanship, and sustaining local economies that strengthen the community. They are a WFTO guaranteed fair trade organisation producing handwoven, naturally-dyed textile fabrics and products, such as apparel, bags, home textiles and accessories.