Cambodia and Cambodians have suffered for decades from war as well as atrocities of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime of the 1970’s. About a third of Cambodia’s population even now lives below the national poverty level as a result of this turmoil. Craftworks Cambodia was established to help such people to live better life. The organization aims to provide the underprivileged Cambodian home based producers with the opportunity to be trained in the production and marketing of contemporary craft. Craftworks Cambodia provides employment and safe work environment to poor craftsmen and pays fair wages for their work. With the support of Craftworks Cambodia, the artisans receive an income that will provide their families and their communities with the chance for better future.
Artisans make jewelry from recycled bomb shells and bullets. Using bomb casings left over from Cambodia's wartime three decades ago, these craftsmen skillfully mold bomb shells into beautiful jewelry pieces. Each craft item is fully handmade.