In Bahasa Indonesia, the word 'raya' means 'great'. We hope that this exchange of goods is indeed great, not only for the customers that bring our products into their homes, but also for the artisans who produce them. Our goal is to support small, independent business owners in Indonesia by sharing their products with an international market. In doing so we hope to empower these businesses to grow their company, support their families and strengthen their communities.
Joel & Amanda Spencer
Raya Exchange was established in 2016 by an American couple living in Indonesia. Based in Central Java, Joel & Amanda Spencer traveled the region exploring the rich Javanese culture and traditions. Together they met families of furniture makers, weavers and batik artists using traditional methods passed down through generations of dedicated artisans. Inspired by their work and entrepreneurial spirit, Joel and Amanda sought to support these makers by bringing their work to US retailers.
House of Lawe
House of Lawe is a community program based in Yogyakarta that supports weavers throughout Indonesia. Their programs offer women business training, as well as assists in preserving the art of Indonesian weaving. They offer workshops teaching product design and development, natural dye techniques and weaving for children in rural villages.
Raya Exchange supports Lawe's mission by donating a portion of our profits to their organization.