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Organisational Profile

Watthan Artisans - Cambodia (WAC) is a worker-run cooperative of Cambodian artisans with disabilities. It is a training and production based cooperative that train new students with disabilities in handicraft production and fine woodcarving. Our goal is to improve the living standard of people with disabilities in Cambodia through training and employment.

We are former students of Maryknoll - Wat Than Skills Training Center for Landmine and Polio Disabled in Phnom Penh. Maryknoll ran the Center in conjunction with the Ministry of Social Affairs, Labor, Vocational Training and Youth from 1991 through February of 2003. World Vision continued the program until May of 2004.

Since June 2004, the former students of Wat Than, now the staff and producers of WAC - formed an independent cooperative. Today, we are continually commitment to providing hope and empowerment to people with disabilities and to participating in the development of Cambodia. Therefore, we have changed our name to Watthan Artisans - Cambodia (WAC) to better reflect our mission.

Objectives

At WAC, we aim to increase the employment opportunities for and the independence of people with disabilities. We also support the Fair wages and benefits for Cambodian artisans with disabilities. In our cooperative, our profits are shared by the staff and producers and are re-invested in staff development and training. Furthermore, we aim to increase awareness surrounding people with disabilities and all the issues pertaining to them. At WAC we focus on our abilities rather than our disabilities.

Current Production Capacity

Workshop: Currently we employ 10 producers in our Phnom Penh Tailoring workshop, including one teacher/ trainer and 3 wood carvers in carving workshop. Having all our producers work in the same workspace allows us to have better control over the level of quality and production. Weekly Production Capacity* Small Items under $4 (inc. post-it notes, key chains, etc) 250 unitsMedium Items under $10 (inc. wallets, office goods) 150 units Large Items under $20 (including handbags, table set) 100 units *These figure indicate maximum production capacity. This estimate does not include time necessary to order or purchase raw materials. This will vary according to each buyer requirements. All orders will be placed in the context of a current production schedule.


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