I have had the privilege of working with and getting to know the ladies behind Nomi Network over the last couple of years. They are such a joy and are doing really amazing things in the lives of women and children in India and Cambodia. I've been inspired by their growth and relentless pursuit of freedom for the women they serve.
Nomi Network was the result of a trip that co-founder, Diana Mao, took while doing research in graduate school. In her words, "at the age of 25, I was a graduate student at NYU learning about issues such as poverty, human trafficking, and other pressing global issues. Stats thrown around in class were truly meaningless to me until I witnessed the horrors of sex trafficking first hand in Cambodia while conducting research for a micro-finance bank. The research brought me to some of the poorest and most remote villages in Cambodia. It was there that I met a single father with seven children. He offered his youngest daughter, no older than seven years old, to one of my male colleagues. As I looked into the father’s eyes, I could tell that he was desperate and did not really want to give her up. In Cambodia, some children are sold for brutal sex, and others are chained to a sewing machine in a sweatshop. This encounter left a lasting impression on me. It is clear that poverty is a breeding ground for traffickers to prey on young girls. After coming back from Cambodia, I was determined to do something, and in 2009, I co-founded Nomi Network, a non-profit organization named after Nomi, an eight-year-old survivor of sex trafficking."
Nomi Network’s mission is to create economic opportunities for survivors and women at risk of human trafficking by equipping them with leadership, entrepreneurship, and production skills to become financially independent. This happens through their unique training methods and program model.
Last year, they trained over 100 women and created over 300 jobs in some of the most poorest and remote parts of the world where slavery is prevalent. Nomi Network has been effective at increasing wages by at least 200% in some cases and moving women to advanced career paths including becoming entrepreneurs in their villages. They helped support over 1,200 children last year through their programs and the sale of our awareness raising products, the “Buy Her Bag, Not Her Body” collection. This collection can be found through select retailers, on their website,
You can shop at Nomi Network and feel confident in knowing that every purchase you make is greatly impacting and improving the lives of women and children around the world. I would highly recommend this tote. It's SO versatile! It folds up into a small pouch that's easy to carry/pack when not in use, it's extremely durable (I use it as my reusable grocery bags), and ultimately, it empowers and brings dignity to women - it doesn't get much better than that.
I want to say a big thank you to Diana and the rest of the Nomi Network team for your unwavering passion to end human trafficking in our lifetime!