Economic Development - Cambodian Handicrafts and Food Festival Empowers Local Businesses

Nomi Network is an international NGO that trains, empowers, equips, and connects leaders and organizations that work with marginalized communities through targeted fashion training and market access. The Nomi Network Fashion Incubator in Phnom Penh focuses on working with social enterprises, like Villageworks, to build their capacity for job creation and market competitiveness. In addition to build their skills, Nomi Network designs and makes product under the “Nomi” label with Villageworks, and connected them with western large buyers, such as Sephora. These two organizations witness the need to help other small handicraft businesses elevate their quality to reach new markets. Hence, Khmer Crafts and Food Festival is formed.

The festival aims to promote local products while giving the vendors a chance to put their business skills on test, which supported by a nonprofit economic development agency fighting for human trafficking in Cambodia and India. Besides, the organizers aim to highlight and strengthen Cambodia by rising local artisans, craftspeople, chefs, small business owners, and social enterprises. This marketplace will provide a perfect platform to promote Khmer culture and Cambodian made products, original artwork, and, of course, food, to the endless flow of tourists exiting the museum, as well as local Cambodians and expats living in Phnom Penh.

This year, more than 60 vendors participating, and several fun competitions are expected. Workshops are also available at the event.


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