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Nomi Network is named after Nomi, an eight year old girl who was rescued from sex trafficking and now lives at one of our partner shelters in Cambodia. Co-founders Diana Mao and Alissa Moore first met Nomi on a visit in 2008, and Supei Liu in 2009. In Nomi’s home village, she was sexually abused by multiple perpetrators. She was treated worse than an animal. Nomi now lives in a special needs group home with eight other girls. She has physical scars, but also emotional scars from her abuse which will prevent her from ever being able to leave the home and reintegrate back into society. Nevertheless, Nomi has grown into a beautiful young woman. At the shelter, she is always the first to greet visitors, and she always does so with a big smile on her face. She is always the first to comfort girls who are new to the shelter.
Nomi Network’s mission is to create economic opportunities for survivors and women at risk of human trafficking by equipping them with leadership, entrepreneurship, and production skills to become financially independent. When you were young, did you ever skip a stone across water? If you did, you will remember the spreading effect of the ripples that one stone created in the water. The dictionary defines a ripple effect as “a situation in which one event causes a series of other events to happen; the continuing and spreading results of an event or action experienced far beyond its immediate location.” There are many ways in which the ripple effect can take place. At Nomi, we believe our ripple effect begins with the survivors that we train and partner with. We have seen that by helping one woman we are in turn helping her family as well as her community.