Spend a little. Save a lot!

Young woman being trained in silk crafts at Artisans d'Angkor silk farm and workshop

Young woman being trained in silk crafts at Artisans d'Angkor silk farm and workshop

Heading off to Siem Reap soon? With the global economic downturn, the struggling local businesses can use your help now more than ever. In a recent Phnom Penh Post article the acute problems of one wonderful organization – Artisans d’Angkor – were highlighted:

“SILK producers and vendors say they face bankruptcy with sales down as much as 80 percent over the past few months in the face of the global economic slowdown.  The luxury product has enjoyed good growth in recent years – particularly due to the boom in the tourist market. Som Chenda, the public relations officer for the Artisans d’Angkor outlet in Siem Reap, told the Post on Sunday that business at his store in the country’s tourism capital was down one-fifth on last year.”

Artisans d’Angkor trains at-risk Cambodians in traditional Cambodian artisanal trades (stone carving, woodworking, silk crafts, etc) and then helps them establish largely home-based workplaces from where they supply Artisans d’Angkor with their products. Those products find their way to Artisans d’Angkor’s in-town workshop and boutique, the out of town silk farm, workshop and boutique and the airport shop.

Some of the products are admittedly expensive but many of their articles are not expensive at all. I urge you, if you are going to Siem Reap/Angkor Wat, please make time in your schedule for a visit to one of Artisans d’Angkor workshops and boutiques and be as generous as you can be.

You will be spending a little and making a meaningful contribution towards saving a lot!

(Thinking of visiting the temples of Angkor Wat? Don’t forget to check out Savuth’s tuk tuk services!)

~ by Leonard on April 3, 2009.

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