Nomi Network Cambodia exists to train, empower, equip, and connect leaders to organizations that work with survivors and vulnerable communities where there are high instances of human trafficking. NIFI is Nomi Network’s urban-based program which focuses on working with existing social service providers and enterprises to strengthen reintegration for survivors, business growth, job creation, and market competitiveness.
NIFT generates our most extensive and regularly scheduled activities. Each year, NIFT offers 12 different course modules, which equal to over 140 hours of training at our NIFI center in Phnom Penh. The modules cover all aspects of fashion business in Market Access, Technical, Design, Logistic, Marketing, Finance/Planning, and Personal Development. To maintain the highest training quality, NIFT employs experienced in-house international trainers as well as guest trainers from the fashion and manufacturing industry. In 2017, NIFT will expand, offering selected course modules in Siem Reap and Battambang.
Three times a year, NIFI hosts events with the intent to bring like-minded people and organizations together to share ideas and celebrate success in order to increase collaboration across the public and private sectors of Cambodia. In the past, our events have featured industry leaders and professionals who share their market trends and expertise, as well as their personal journey to success. We plan to expand the diversity of our events to promote both local fair trade handicraft sales, as well as connecting local and international buyers to producers.
We understand that sometimes our trainees and partners need more help in addition to NIFT classes. Our experienced trainer provides onsite visits and coaching with a clear monitoring and evaluation process in place.
NIFI currently works with and purchases from nine organizations that have demonstrated capacity or improvement in their production capability for the international market. We work closely with each organization every season to develop new, updated, and marketable products for international buyers. During each development process, NIFI’s experienced merchandiser provides one-on-one consultations for market, business, pricing, and quality control. This is one of the longest running activities since Nomi Network’s inception in 2009. Each year, we continue to expand and look for new organizations to be part of our production and supply chain network.
NIFI offers various small grants and scholarships for both individuals and organizations within our network because we understand that in order for our producers to become sustainable and competitive in the market, they often require financial assistance to address their producers’ needs. These funds often go towards child care, staff training, capital improvement, and many other social issues which might not be covered by their current operational income.
Our advanced curriculum equips non-profits and social enterprises that have production capacity with key fashion manufacturing skill sets, some of which include product pricing, retail merchandising, trend forecasting, and product development. Our specialty is providing one-on-one technical assistance, production assistance, and mentorship to local entrepreneurs that lead social enterprises which employ survivors and women at risk of human trafficking.
As a result of our partnership, these enterprises develop and sell more products in the global marketplace, improve retail relationships, and grow their staff while improving their standards. Recently, those participating in our advanced training curriculum were surveyed by the Asian Development Bank and Nomi Network scored in the top tier for delivering impact. Through our programs, the following organizations have gained additional training and technical skills and/or the opportunity to co-produce products and receive distribution support.