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. Nomi Network Fashion Incubator is an 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 regular activities. Each year NIFT offers 12 different course modules, over 140 hours of training at our Incubator Center in Phnom Penh. The modules cover all aspects of fashion business including Market Access, Technical, Design, Logistic, Marketing, Finance/ Planning, and Personal Development. To maintain the highest training quality, NIFT has in-house experienced international trainers as well as guest trainers from the fashion and manufacturing industry. NIFT also offers selected course modules in Siem Reap and plans to expand to more regions across Cambodia.
Three times a year, we host events to bring like-minded people together to share ideas, learn from each other and celebrate ones’ successes. In 2016, we hosted Nomi Network Fashion Incubator’s Launch Party in February and a Christmas Celebration in December where we created an intimate, inviting, and creative environment for participants to network, learn from each other, as well as engage in fun and creative activities. In June, our Incubator hosted the event “Behind the Scenes of a Fashion Powerhouse” with guest speakers from Macy’s and Tactical 5.11, who shared industry trends and expertise, as well as their own journeys to success.
Recently, we have added events that promote both local fair trade handicraft sales, as well as connect local and international buyers to producers.
Coaching is Nomi Network’s Fashion Incubator’s newest initiative in 2017. We understand that sometimes our trainees and partners need more help than just the NIFT classes. Our experienced trainers provide onsite visits and coaching with clear monitoring and evaluation process in place.
We currently work with and purchase 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, Nomi Network Fashion Incubator’s experienced merchandiser provides one-on-one market, business, pricing and quality control consultancy for each organization. This is one of the longest-standing services Nomi Network provides its partners, available since inception in 2009. Each year, we continue to expand and look for new organizations to be part of our production and supply chain network.
Nomi Network Fashion Incubator 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.