Genevieve's Fair Trade Village (GFTV) opened for business on November 22, 2015 with 10 individual producing members and two producing organisations that train and employ people with disabilities.
In early 2015, Phil Rogers, owner of Genevieve's Restaurant approached Rick Wakeman, a community volunteer, with the idea of creating a community-based project to benefit people with disabilities living in poverty. He generously offered to provide a location as well as financial and moral support. Four years later, Phil's initial vision and support has resulted in the development of the village and today approximately 25 artisans and their families benefit from this social enterprise. Additionally, GFTV operates Full Belly Farm (FBF), a small wheelchair accessible organic farm in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
The GFTV project is registered in Cambodia as "Ability Fair Trade Village" a sole proprietorship with Nareth Chhoy as the Trustee/Director, and operates as a social enterprise trading as Genevieve's Fair Trade Village (GFTV). The village operates on a co-operative model, wherein, producers set their own prices and consign their handicrafts to the village to be sold. The producers receive 65% of the sale price, with the remaining portion being used to employ staff and pay overhead costs for the village.
GFTV only hires persons with disabilities and has become a vital component in the support network serving persons with disabilities in Cambodia.
GFTV has three simple goals:
The primary focus of all GFTV initiatives is on developing the knowledge, skills and experience of people with disabilities to become independent and self-sustaining.
Gift Bag Maker
Rick Wakeman (Canada)
Business Development Manager
Jeff Maconachie (Australia)
Jenni Parker (Australia)
Mikael Rasmussen (Sweden)
Full Belly Farm Manager