CAMBODIA

Photo courtesy of Baskets of Cambodia

Photo courtesy of Baskets of Cambodia

Starting in 1996, Tom Yesberger created a business that reflects progressive labor policies by treating local artisans with respect and offering them the ability to make many of their own decisions.  Worker compensation varies between crafts:  the rates range from $2.50 for their basket makers to $3.75 for their weavers to $10-$15 for their purse makers.  They are also given their meals, and the opportunity to work from home if it works better for them.  They can even work more than the standard 40 hours a week if they wish.
 
Since their wages are more than the prevailing wages for their community, over 400 people each year are eager to bring their creative energy.   The quality of each of their woven accessories is obvious and distinctive.  The designs reflect a modern sensibility and the weaving is tight and strong.  Creative Women of the World is proud to support the work of Baskets of Cambodia and the work among the artisans in Siem Reap. 

Photo courtesy of Baskets of Cambodia

Photo courtesy of Baskets of Cambodia