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Handbags for Hope: Malia Designs

Malia Designs is a socially responsible brand that designs and sells fair trade handbags and accessories. The products are handcrafted in Cambodia and every purchase helps to fight human trafficking. Malia Designs works with three fair trade producer groups in Cambodia. Each independent group is women-led, has their own social mission, and each is organized a bit differently. 

More about each group.  .  . 

Malia’s largest group works with a remote village population located outside of the capital city of Phnom Penh and provides a much-needed source of income for subsistence farmers, who often migrate to cities where they are more likely to fall victim to traffickers. This cooperative is committed to the advancement and career growth of their artisans and offers various training classes for design and pattern making.

The artisan group that creates Malia’s upcycled cotton canvas line is a social enterprise that provides employment to the disabled, including individuals who are polio survivors or have been injured by landmines. This group started with home-based employment, but in recent years has opened a workshop complete with living accommodations for a number of its artisans.

The group that produces Malia’s recycled feed bag line is a small sewing group located in the heart of Phnom Penh. This group prioritizes hiring deaf and disabled individuals. They have developed an extensive training program to ensure artisans obtain the necessary skills for career success. All artisans are paid a full salary while completing their training.

Welcome to Hope for the Holidays, Malia Designs!


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