Kroma is an independent social welfare enterprise, operating under fair trade principles to import unique, handcrafted products from Cambodia into Australia.
We exist to provide access to the Australian marketplace for products produced by survivors of human trafficking and those from low socio economic backgrounds, affected by the consequences of war, disability and exploitation.
Working alongside NGO’s, communities and key individuals in Cambodia we aim to empower women and their communities through fair trade. The unique and beautiful products we source represent new life and new opportunities. Many of our products incorporate recycled materials, given new purpose. While the women from whom we source our products find new purpose, pride and independence in the expression of their craft and the income it generates.
Our products also represent quality and sustainability. Our stockists and customers appreciate the unique nature of each individually handcrafted piece, and the principles of environmental and community sustainability embedded within them.
The support of our stockists and customers is a crucial to driving the process of transformation. By supporting Kroma our customers are helping to stop human trafficking, and break the cycle of poverty and disadvantage in Cambodia.
The People Behind the Kroma Concept
Kroma was born of out of the desire of two people to help drive the process of change in Cambodia at the grass roots level. Brendan and Sithy Rogers are passionate human rights advocates and experienced field workers who have worked directly with foreign aid agencies and anti-human trafficking organisations in Cambodia.
Sithy Rogers (nee Nal Sithy) is a Cambodian national who spent six years working with a Cambodian organisation against human trafficking. Brendan is an experienced field worker who met Sithy while volunteering as a teacher in Cambodia.
Together they have a deep understanding of the cultural context and root causes of poverty and disadvantage in Cambodia, a country profoundly affected by years of civil war and dictatorship.
They have a shared belief in ethical and fair trade as the answer to the problems of poverty, exploitation, human trafficking and unemployment. They also understand the capacity of the local people to produce high quality, beautifully designed products to meet the discerning tastes of the Australian market.
“We support and encourage local artisans to honour traditional themes and skills, but also to be innovative and update design styles in response to market demands.”
They are committed to the principles of free trade and to ensuring customer satisfaction.