I recently reconnected with a friend from high school. I found her on social media and saw that she founded an anti-human trafficking nonprofit organization called Nomi Network. I was so intrigued, I started diving in and researching the organization, and even had a nice zoom meeting with her. I was amazed to see all of the good work that her and her team have done since 2007. Hearing the story of how a father out of desperation offered his child to her colleague when she was doing research in Cambodia, really opened up my eyes... I didn't realize that a lot of human trafficking is perpetuated by poverty and desperation, often times carried out by people who don’t have any real means to provide for their family.
Here is a 3 min video how she was inspired to take this path.
Nomi Network is a vital nonprofit economic development agency fighting human trafficking. They work in areas where trafficking is prevalent to provide training and job opportunities, workforce and community development services, and products made by our trainees for brands aiming to develop a more ethical and transparent supply chain.
They believe that changing one person’s life can change the world. If you have ever skipped a stone across water, you will recall how it created ripples that spread out across the water’s surface. At Nomi Network, they believe our ripple effect begins with the women that they train. By training one woman, they are teaching her to make choices that dramatically impact the local economy and social structures. They provide her with skills to become financially independent, legal services to aid her and her family, scholarships for her children, and micro-lending skills to open her own small business. To learn more about their ripple effect, check out this video: https://vimeo.com/458623228
Over the past 10 years, they have empowered over 9,000 women and girls affected by human trafficking by providing critical skills training and providing pathways to safe and sustainable employment. They currently have 9 training sites in India and Cambodia, but now are looking to expand their programs to the United States.
Here are some stories of women that have been empowered by Nomi Network’s programs:
-Saheli: When Saheli was 18, she married a man whose family tried to sell her off. She was desperate to leave with her two daughters, but had nowhere to go. Saheli’s life has changed since she joined the Nomi Network training program. She has learned countless new techniques and skills, making her better equipped to be the mother she always wanted to be. Learn more about her story here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WH-2mKzV3GI&t=2s
-Najimoon: Najimoon's husband who abused and used both her and her daughter, left Najimoon when she joined Nomi Network's program, but that did not stop Najimoon. As a graduate of Nomi Network's program, she left sex work and learned a new marketable trade: sewing: She purchased sewing machines, taught and hired other women in her community, and became an entrepreneur. She took what she learned and used the profits of her sewing business to open another business! Her chicken business was booming, and as she became financially stable and the main breadwinner, her husband came back. Najimoon hired him to work under her! She made her choices, took power into her own capable hands, and moved beyond the expectations of her culture, community, and family.
Nomi Network needs $250,000 to fully fund the first year of this program, and I personally want to raise $20,000 to make this happen! It really is nice to know that there are good people like Diana and her team. They believe that we can end modern-day slavery in our lifetime, and we invite you all to join the fight against human trafficking.