We have been very privileged to be able to be a part of Rajana Association’s work in Cambodia of teaching locals in the skills of handicraft. To us, it’s always about people and community, and we are committed to giving a voice to all those who are part of our Saught family. So as we celebrate placing our 2nd order with Rajana for the Petals on a Bloom Bracelet which has sold out (thank you for your support!), we would like to tell you more about the artisan behind this beautifully crafted product!
Ven Sovanna is 30 years old and started work in Rajana since 2004. He was selected by Mary Hill – the founder and former manager of Rajana (Rajana is now 100% locally run!), to start apprenticeship at Rajana. At a young age of 22, it was difficult for him to find employment as he lacked higher education. Rajana had provided him a livelihood and a future as a craftsman. He learnt the skills of carpentry, carving and creating beautiful traditional wooden products; silk painting, and developed his skills further to become a silversmith. His favourite part about being a silversmith at Rajana is creating bangles and rings. His dream and utmost ambition is to create a vocational skills and handicraft training centre for orphans and the elderly.
It always never ceases to amaze us with how people like Ven, have such a heart to give back to his community and to pay it forward.