Commitment to Action

Vimean Beauty+ Salon: Social Enterprise to End Slavery

Commitment by

Somaly Mam Foundation

In 2013, Agir pour les Femmes en Situation Precaire (AFESIP) in Cambodia and The Estee Lauder Companies, committed to supporting the economic empowerment of women afflicted by poverty related traumas (e.g. trafficking, rape, abuse, exploitation) through the Vimean Beauty+ Salon in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The team has built a salon and training school that provides high-end salon services. This salon trains over 20 young women each year with 8 - 10 gaining intern experience. Following program completion, graduates are placed into paying jobs or open their own small businesses. Many graduates seek to replicate the model by opening their own schools carrying the "Beauty+" brand and organically growing the solution in their country. Skills training and economic opportunity is critical to enabling students to generate income, boosting their position and value within the community and encouraging gender equality. Through these investments, program graduates find their place as empowered agents in Cambodia's rapidly growing economy.

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Commitment

Vimean Beauty+ Salon: Social Enterprise to End Slavery

Launched

2013

Est. Duration

4 years

Estimated Total Value

$103,700

Region

Asia

Countries

CAMBODIA

Commitment by

Somaly Mam Foundation

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Beauty Plus Network, Acting for Women in Distressing Situations (AFESIP)