Empowering Human Trafficking Survivors in Cambodia

From July 4 through July 8, 2011, Vital Voices’ Entrepreneurs in Handcrafts and Human Rights programs jointly launched Sustainability in Handcrafts: Local Training for Anti-Trafficking NGOs in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

15 anti-trafficking NGOs with income-generating programs for survivors attended the training to develop their business knowledge and to strengthen their empowerment programs.

The training, conducted by Zoe Dean-Smith, Senior Director of Entrepreneurs in Handcrafts, included:

  • Business development
  • Project management
  • Product design and development
  • Marketing and branding
  • Communications skills

Participants visited STOPStart Enterprises, a Cambodian organization originally founded in 1996 at Hagar’s Women’s Shelter in Phnom Penh that trains trafficking survivors to manufacture and sell bags and accessories as well as offering skills training and language classes.

Two of the participants were from the Somaly Mam Foundation and AFESIP (Acting for Women in Distressing Situations—translated from French), both representing member organizations of the Vital Voices’ Global Partnership to End Violence Against Women delegation. While at the training, the participants met individually with Global Partnership delegates Soprach Tong and H. E. Chou Bun Eng, Secretary of State of Ministry of Interior.

The participants also met with Cambodian Parliamentarian and human rights advocate Mu Sochua, who is part of the Vital Voices network, to discuss leadership. Sochua thanked participants “for showing victims that the things that have happened to them are not the end of their lives, and for giving them skills that will allow them to end the cycle of violence.”

Other Activities for this Program

A special mentorship blossoms from a EinH training.
Regional businesswomen networks gathered for the launch of the EinH TOT in Uganda.
EinH grant recipients are making great strides in business planning and product development.