Numerous NGOs, other organizations and some private individuals have shops and outlets that directly help street children, women at risk and/or the disabled and other disadvantaged groups.
Cambodian Craft (Aka Chamber of Professional and Micro-Enterprises of Cambodia) This co-operative provides training and support to rural villagers. Their Phnom Penh premises, housed in a beautiful 70-year-old traditional building, hosts regular exhibitions and occasional artisan demonstrations. It’s well stocked with quality silverware, baskets, ceramics and textiles.
Daughters of Cambodia This little boutique, selling interesting jewellery and accessories, doubles up as a spa and boutique and occasionally hosts temporary exhibitions. The shop is run by women who have been rescued from the sex trafficking industry, and profits go towards saving other victims. You can sponsor a girl and or donate directly to the foundation.
Friends ‘N Stuff A branch of the Friends family, the shop sells clothes, bags, jewellery and secondhand books, and has a nail salon.
Mekong Quilts Brightly coloured quilts, cushions and throws in every pattern imaginable, made by impoverished women from the provinces who receive the profits of their work. Mekong Plus, the NGO behind the outlet, provides scholarships and promotes health initiatives in remote villages of the Svay Rieng province.
NCDP (National Centre of Disabled Persons) A retail outlet for quality products made by disabled (primarily land-mine-disabled) people throughout the country. Especially good silk bags, purses and hanging mobiles.
Nyemo Unique soft furnishings, accessories, bags and toys, with profits helping to train and support vulnerable women.
Peace Handicrafts Land-mine- and polio-disabled people produce carefully crafted silk items for sale in their co-operative shop.
Rajana Sales of silk and bamboo crafts and jewellery help to support the NGO’s Fair Trade training programmes.
Rehab Craft Women with disabilities and victims of land mines sell a variety of high-quality silver, wood and stone items here, as well as silk scarves and attractive leather goods.
Tabitha-Cambodia Nonprofit NGO-run place selling silks made into garments and soft furnishings, cards, packed coffee and more. It operates by training disadvantaged women to sew. They then work from home and Tabitha buys their output.
Tooït Tooït Supporting parents so that their children can go to school, selling such items as shopping bags, beads and toys made from recycled materials including newspapers, plastic bags and rice sacks.
Watthan Artisans Cambodia (WAC) A co-operative of disabled artisans who produce a range of handicrafts: silk scarves, home furnishings, woodcarvings and basketwork, for example.