personal Empowerment through entrepreneurship
the core values
We believe problems can’t be solved by a single solution. Instead, they require coordinated actions of talented and committed people ( the honey badgers) in the value chain, not unprofessional and inexperienced volunteers. Thats why we are starting a grass roots entrepreneurship movement that is self-perpetuating.
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 personal empowerment and significant impact by taking small steps.
not a charity
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
P 2 P MODEL
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 our chngemakers live in and are from the 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.
We immerse ourselves to learn about daily operational challenges entrepreneurs face.
We believe in the power of belief in each other's potential and the local leadership
We have team of experts help facilitate one-2- one mentorship to ensure suceess
Our successful entrepreneurs then become the catalyst of change. That is how it multiplies
who inspire us
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The Knitting project was established who is another great Social Enterprise. Cambodia Knits (CK) is a social enterprise working with marginalized communities in and near Phnom Penh. Our goal is to produce beautiful, high quality and unique hand-made products while providing fair and flexible employment opportunities. This project provides opportunity for the women in the village Read more about Knitting For Empowerment[…]
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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. Read more about Weavers Project[…]