Kravan House

Thanan Hok - Founder of Kravan House

Thanan Hok – Founder of Kravan House


Profile of CONTIGO´s partner Kravan House


Scarves and accessories made of silk


Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Founded in 2003


  • Since 1996: Thanan Hok works as project manager for the “National Centre of Disabled People”
    (landmine victims, those who suffer from polio disease)
  • She has malformed hands, due to napalm use in the Vietnam War
  • She finishes her business studies and shows that also people with handicaps can be successful
  • 2003: Founding of “Kravan House”, at the beginning only retail shop in Phnom Penh
  • “Kravan” means blossom
  • Due to several trade fairs Thanan Hok can expand her business and exports to different countries

Cooperation with Contigo since 2014

Structure of the business

Number of employees:

  • 70 employees (56 women, 14 men)
    • 30 weavers
    • 30 sewers
    • 10 employees for quality control, trainings, etc.
    • 40% of the workforce has a handicap (mainly due to polio disease)

Work environment:

  • Weavers live and work in Prey Veng (appr. 100km to the east of Phnom Penh)
    • Spinning of silk
    • Weaving
    • Dyeing
  • Master weavers located in Phnom Penh (offer workshops and trainings for weaving)
  • Sewers mainly work at home, in order to take care of their children at the same time


  • Home market (via own shop, sales to hotels)
  • Exports to Australia, Canada, Japan, England, U.S.A., Switzerland, Germany


  • To encourage disadvantaged and handicapped people
  • To preserve the traditional culture of silk weaving

Special features

Why does CONTIGO work with Kravan House: Thanan Hok is a strong and courageous person. She is a role model for many people with handicaps in Cambodia. “Kravan House” is a start-up, CONTIGO wants to support.

Fairtrade classification

FTP = Fairtrade in Progress, information details not yet complete, a visit in Cambodia has not taken place as yet.

Fairtrade aspects

Kravan House complies with the following Fairtrade Principles:

No child labour

No discrimination

No discrimination due to gender, disability, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, political orientation, or infection with HIV.

Fair wages

  • Minimum wage in Cambodia: US$ 128/ month
  • Wage at Kravan House
    • Weaver/sewer: US$ 140-150/ month
    • Master: US$ 300/ month

Humane working conditions

Working hours:

  • in revision

Social benefits:

  • in revision

Educational opportunities:

  • Apprenticeships offered (3 months to become a weaver)
  • Trainings for increasing knowledge and skills (for sewing and dyeing)





Country information

See Encyclopaedia Britannica: Cambodia


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Author: Janina Lange on 9. June 2016

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