Senhoa

Senhoa is a non-profit and social enterprise, based in the USA and operating in Cambodia, that works with young women who are at risk or survivors of human trafficking, and gives them a safe job in the form of jewelry making. Senhoa jewelry comprises of statement pieces: jewelry becomes a form of advocacy against the exploitation of women

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100

percentage of profits from the sales of the jewelry which goes back to supporting street-working children and their families

550

approximate number of total beneficiaries

20

artisans employed for over a year

Disadvantaged communities will be free from oppression, poverty and discrimination

Senhoa’s jewelry comprises of statement pieces because it has to be a form of advocacy against the exploitation of women. When a women/customer wears Senhoa jewelry, they are standing up for the protection of women and children. 100% of profits from the sale of the jewelry go back to supporting street-working children and their families and protecting them from exploitation and human trafficking. Currently, Senhoa employs 20 women and the social enterprise is fully sustainable

We are against exploitation

With our contribution, we will be supporting the lives of all the artisans (and their families) for a whole year, as well as 160 street-working children and their families in our early intervention program. The total number of beneficiaries would be approximately 550 people. The work of these 20 artisans will support an entire village. And the goal is to employ more women and protect more kids

Human trafficking is a horrific practice in which individuals are forced or coerced into migration, forced labor, prostitution, and/or exploitation. Trafficked individuals are regularly sexually, emotionally, and/or physically abused. The trafficking of people is a growing business in Cambodia. Individuals are regularly moved within Cambodia and through it to bordering nations like Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. According to the US State Department, “Cambodia is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children who are subjected to trafficking in person, specifically forced labor and forced prostitution”. Women and children are predominately trafficked for the purpose of forced labor, domestic work, and sex work. Individuals are usually sold or stolen by family members, friends, and strangers

PEOPLE

Kim Tho Le

Senhoa Artisans Supervisor

“I am so thankful of what Senhoa has done for me. The day I knew Senhoa was the lucky day for my life. If I had not known the Senhoa program, maybe I would not be who I am today. Senhoa saved my mom’s life and my future. I cannot imagine if Senhoa program had not come to me. The last 6 years I did not imagine that I will have today. I am only a simple girl and will be a simple person in the future, I did not have a job and life is bad, too. Because I am a Vietnamese girl and the most of Vietnamese girls in Cambodia always choose the easy way to get the money. They all get a job in the bad places. I would have choosen the same way as them when my family had financial problems and my mom got sick. But when I knew of the Senhoa program everything changed. The program supported my mom’s treatment and gave me the job. Senhoa taught me how to have confidence in myself. How to have a dream and how to catch it and make it come true”.

Sylvia Dang

Director of Social Business

“I lived in Cambodia for 6 months to head our jewelry program and work in the field with our team. When I left a friend had asked me, in earnest, why I was going and if our work really made a difference, since there was still so much poverty and suffering and trafficking was still such a big issue. I told her that I could not speak for other organizations, but yes, I know firsthand that what we do matters. I personally know women who have lived through and risen from unspeakable abuses and have gained independence and the confidence they needed to rebuild their lives from our programs. Maybe we can't change the world but we can make the difference in the lives of 15 women, 30 or 50. To me, that is worth fighting for and working for”.

Tracy Brookshaw

General Manager

"As a Lotus flower has chance to bloom, so do the women of Senhoa as they learn to make handcrafted jewelry in our training programs. Through the generous support of Only the Brave Foundation, Senhoa will continue to provide safe and secure employment for these vulnerable and at-risk young women, as well as freedom from further exploitation".

Lisa T.D. Nguyen

Founder and Board Member

“At Senhoa, we believe that one of the strongest armors that you can give a woman to empower and protect her from human trafficking and sexual exploitation is safe and dignified employment. Our passion is to provide artisans with a fair wage and access to the global marketplace. Through this way, we can also share their stories with conscious consumers and inspire a new generation of advocates. The evolution of fashion is a triumphant story of freedom and female empowerment. We are grateful for the partnership with Only the Brave Foundation to create a thriving social business so that we can help and inspire more women around the world.”

Houy Chap

Finance Manager

"In my role as accountant, I try to do my best to organize my work and always use your money in the most effective ways possible. If you wish to discuss a budget proposal or a report with me, please don’t hesitate to ask. I feel 100% responsible for using donors’ money to help people, and I take the non-profit’s mission very seriously. Prior to working at Senhoa, I did not know much about the non-profit landscape or the issues that non-profits aim to address. Working with Senhoa, I’ve developed a humanized view of suffering that has expanded my compassion and sensitivity. Since I’ve been with Senhoa, I have met so many people and learned about these girls. I grieve for them, even though I work with the money. I have learned how to talk to them and try to understand how they feel".