Nimul – manager of Rajana, a company that seeks to resurrect the creative talent that until recently has been deserted. Rather than simply adopting purely western designs into Cambodian village workshops, Rajana identifies and take advantage of the valuable methods and designs unique to Cambodia, and pair those methods with stylish and modern designs.
Q1: What do you appreciate yourself in the business mainly for?
We export a lot of products. We managed to open a new shop in Siem Reap. We started a new line of products which is recycled jewelry. We get income and we are able to pay salary to a lot of people from disadvantage backgrounds.
Q2: What is the biggest challenge for you now?
Quantity and time line of production. Sometimes it’s difficult for us to make schedules, we work by hands. Often we are not able to do as many products as the clients want, big orders are out of our capacity. Also quality can be a challenge. Not all products are good enough to meet standards. When we are in a rush, there is not enough time for control. Often we have to do some products again and it takes even longer.
Q3: What advice do you have for yourself in this situation?
More export, finding new markets so we can help people who make products. We need to work on our marketing, improve the production and quality of our products.
Would you like to add something more?
Rajana was found in 1995 to help Cambodian young people in Refugee Camp in Thailand. After few years it was turned into a social enterprise. From the very beginning it was sustainable, never based on funds. There are 22 people working in Phnom Penh and 13 in Siem Reap. They come to us without skills, we teach them everything. We also support other producers by finding market for them.
The questions were asked on our behalf by Anna and Andrea from How to (ex) change the world.