Empowerment through social entreprenuership
We are passionate about our purpose to dignify and honor the lives of entrepreneurs we work with by co-creating the the environment to manifest our highest potential through micro Social Business. We believe in continuous improvement through small steps.
Sonas was founded by two friends inspired by Nobel Prize laureate Prof. Mohammad Yunus and Jessica Jackley of Kiva.org. Experience of our mentors has paved the way for us and through them we know that it is possible to co-create big impact though small acts.
Sonas is a social business collaborating with grassroots micro entrepreneurs for creating high quality hand crafted designer products with a purpose. We initiate mutual empowerment , promote progress and social development via Community Economic Development
one 2 one
Handing out money and freebies can be disempowering and even destructive. Micro entrepreneurs need someone who can sit down with them and discuss about their challenges and help find a solution. That is why we live in these villages where our projects are
How we do it
Sonas is a social business focused on providing business support and education to small entrepreneurs in rural Cambodia. It is our mission is to initiate mutual empowerment , promote progress and social development via Community Economic Development (CED) process. CED is a community-based and community-directed process that explicitly combines social and economic development and is directed towards fostering the economic, social, ecological and cultural well-being of communities and regions.
identify a social challenge
We immerse ourselves to learn about daily operational challenges entrepreneurs face.
find local change makers
We believe in the power of belief in each other's potential and the local leadership
co-create a business solution
We have team of experts help facilitate one-2- one mentorship to ensure suceess
Create Multiplier Effect
Our successful entrepreneurs then become the catalyst of change. That is how it multiplies
who inspire us
Dr. Muhammad Yunus
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To increase our market reach and further scale the impact of our other projects, we have launched an outlet in the popular city of Siem Reap which hosts over five million tourists every year. Siem Reap artisans and residents are also experiencing some of the negative impacts of not so responsible tourism. This project also adds one more[…]
Grow It Yourself was launched in collaboration with GIY International. GIY Cambodia is a community of micro farmers who grow cash generating super fruits and herbs such as coconut, mango, lime, lemongrass etc. which are used for making the Dai Khmer health and wellbeing products. GIY is supporting 12 entrepreneurs and impacting the lives of[…]
Dai Khmer ( meaning Cambodian Handmade) was established in late 2014 with the support from our friends Nathan and Leonie Evans who raised the investment by dedicating their wedding gift money to the project. Dai Khmer became sustainable within first year and now directly impacts the lives of 7 entrepreneurs and their 40 family members.[…]
The first weaving project which was established in June 2013 in Takeo, Cambodia with the support from 30 friends and it reached sustainability by Dec 2013, well ahead of the initial forecasted period. The weaving village now produces 450 cotton scarves each month, most of which are sold to international tourists who visit the project.[…]