Cambodian crafts and food festival empowers local businesses

The festival aims to show off local products while giving the vendors a chance to put their business skills to the test, supported by a nonprofit economic development agency fighting human trafficking in Cambodia and India.

Standing behind her booth at the third annual Khmer Crafts and Food Fair (KCFF), Chhim Sreypich lays out some handwoven shawls, each made with thoughtful colour combinations, as she explains why she started her business: “I want to support the women and children.” Alongside her on either side, stretching down the length of a festival tent, are many other booths filled with handwoven shawls, hand-dyed textiles, jewelry and clothing. Almost every business behind each booth provides jobs to women, the disabled or the elderly in making products with traditional Khmer techniques.

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