Angkor Handicraft Association is a nonprofit business association that aims to strengthen the handicraft sector  and improve the quality of life for  thousands of local artisans in Siem Reap province.

AHA identifies and creates business opportunities for local artisans and producers of handicraft in Siem Reap, linking them to local and international markets. We believe in rural entrepreneurship and sustainable business practices as a way to alleviate poverty.

AHA’s Fair Trade Village

Shopping Markert of Handicraft in Siem Reap

The Angkor Handicraft Association’s Fair Trade Village is an open souvenir market that offers a place for local artisans and rural producers to showcase their handicraft in Siem Reap town.

Seal of Authenticity

Seal of Authenticity for Handicraft in Siem Reap

The AHA Official Seal of Authenticity is a government registered label the helps visitors distinguish locally made products from fake imported items when looking for handicraft in Siem Reap

Wholesale & BDS

Wholesale of Handicraft in Siem Reap

The Wholesale Trade Centre is designed to promote local handicraft products and to facilitate commercial connections between national and international traders and participating local handicraft enterprises

Fake handicraft in Siem Reap

Although tourism in Siem Reap has dramatically increased  from around 200,000 visitors in 2005 to over 2 million visitors in 2014 with tourist expenditure reaching  USD $100 million on souvenirs, Siem Reap remains one of the poorest provinces in Cambodia. Most of the population in rural areas of Siem Reap Province lack access to the tourist market.

The influx of imported souvenirs and machine-made replicas of traditional handicraft in Siem Reap forces hundreds of artisans to turn to farming and other activities to supplement their income. Around 80% of souvenirs sold in Siem Reap are imported from neighboring countries while local artisans struggle to compete with cheap machine made items.

Often tourists can’t identify authentic products from machine-made replicas and sellers are told they are made in Cambodia.

Our role supporting local artisans

Facilitate the active promotion of member’s products in national and international markets to facilitate business linkages development

Provide access to training and capacity building in areas such as relevant aspects of business management, marketing, networking, and export regulations.

Represent the handicraft sector in private-public dialogue forums and articulate general problems of the handicraft sector in Siem Reap

Identify and actively develop new business opportunities for members, working closely with producers to meet customers demands.

Regaining Competitive Advantage

Him Young, a highly experienced producer in Bakong District, Siem Reap tells her story while explaining the importance of community efforts in the production of handicraft in Siem Reap.

AHA supports partners of the GIZ- Regional Economic Development Program (RED) in promoting bamboo industry development in one of the most remote districts of Siem Reap province.

Bamboo industry development is of high relevance for job creation and poverty reduction, as well as in relation to climate change issues.  As timber resources decline and resource demands increase in today’s modern industrialised world, it is becoming increasingly necessary to explore opportunities for new, sustainable building materials.