When was the project initiated? or When are you planning to begin?
The mission of Daughters Cambodia is to eradicate enslavement in sexual exploitation by offering employment opportunities, and a wide range of social and psychological services to former sex workers. The long-term goal of the organization is to ensure that all women who participate in Daughters’ programs will remain out of the sex industry for the rest of their lives, supporting themselves instead through self-directed and rewarding work.
Always looking for new, innovative ways to provide job opportunities to women who want to leave sex work, Daughters now looks to expand its fair trade business schemes by opening a centrally located Cafe and Visitors Center in downtown Phnom Penh. The center will serve breakfast, lunch and coffee, in addition to providing space to sell the home wares and clothing produced at the Daughters' center. The center will provide job opportunities to up to 15 trained 'clients' from the Daughters program. The space will also act as an information center, designed to educate the general public about the sex industry and the prevalence of sexual exploitation in Cambodia.
Describe the profile of the beneficiaries of this project
The primary beneficiaries will be the 15 'clients' (former sex workers) who will be gainfully employed by the Cafe, plus the projected 5000 visitors a year to the cafe. Secondary beneficiaries will be clients' families, estimated at approximately 70 people (taking into account average family size is 4.7).
What is your initiative’s implementation strategy?
Space has already been secured in Phnom Penh for the Cafe. Training has commenced; clients are working in the kitchen at Daughters' center to create the baked goods and menu items that the cafe will sell. A Cafe Manager has just been hired; their initial tasks will include outfitting the interior, and creating a look/feel for the marketing.
Funding for the required materials, equipment and supplies is still needed before the Cafe is ready to open.
In your opinion, what are the main barriers or obstacles in connection with this theme?
Obstacles include the risk that Daughters' clients will return to sex work if their new salary is not sufficient to support their families. Other obstacles include slow sales due to the economic downturn and a reduction in tourist activity to Cambodia.
What type of partnerships you have or intend to generate strategic alliances with for the development of this initiative? Choose all that apply
International organizations, Non-Government organizations, Private companies, Social organizations.
Describe with whom you have generated these alliances and how
Daughters works with organizations such as Samaritan's Purse, TraidCraft, and Khmer Creations to develop its Fair Trade Business Schemes, which currently employ over 60 women full-time. Daughters' works with volunteer organizations such as ABV and Outreach International to place long-term volunteers.
What are the main results generated and/or expected to generate by means of this initiative?
The main results are the provision of highly valuable, empowering job opportunities to former sex workers, plus the dissemination of information about exploitation of women and the nature of sex work in Cambodia.
What is the main impact that your initiative might generate?
The Cafe and Visitors' Center will open dialogue about exploitation of Khmer women, the many dimensions of sex work, and serve to educate both foreigners and locals about the women who engage in this kind of work. The sharing of information will give a 'human face' to an issue that is widely reported on, but often misunderstood.