A Month of Women of Impact with the Asian Women Social Entrepreneurs Network


In order to celebrate and empower Cambodian women determined to make their mark on the social enterprise scene, Impact Hub Phnom Penh collaborated with Asian Women Social Entrepreneur Network (AWSEN) to create a capacity building workshop series to inspire, enable and grow female Cambodian social entrepreneurs. Leveraging on Impact Hub PP’s extensive network, we brought in expert speakers on branding and marketing, business development, team building and fundraising to run each session, with young inspirational female leaders in each class to further motivate the ladies to follow their dreams.
Mango Tango Marketing, Simply Giving, and one of our superstar lead mentors Chhunny Noem all contributed by hosting the valuable classes. Nanda Pok- founder of Women for Prosperity- was a particular highlight, with over 20 years experience training women to become empowered politicians, entrepreneurs and intellects. She helped the women with understanding a business model canvas, creating a vision and mission, and setting clear goals. The businesses the ladies brought with them ranged from being ideas to fully operational, such as Eleven One Kitchen, who are dedicated to reducing plastic waste in Cambodia by providing customers with biodegradeable bags, takeaway pots and cutlery. Thoen Chinda’s idea to create secure, affordable housing for students from the provinces who wish to study in the city may still lie in the pipeline- but we hope that with Impact Hub and Women of Impact business workshops’ help, we can turn these fantastic social ideas into a reality.


As part of our collaboration with AWSEN, 6 women from the Impact Hub community (Chanthy Leang, Chakrya Chea, Vatey Tan, Thavry Thul, Khim Bun and Sokhema Nara) were selected to attend AWSEN’s three day conference in Bangkok (sponsored by The Nippon Foundation). Bringing together women social entrepreneurs from across the Mekong region (Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam), our Hubbers got the opportunity to share their experiences, discuss their challenges, strengthen their business skills while building their professional networks. On Day 1, delegates started off the conference with a presentation on Global and Regional trends in social entrepreneurship which was followed by an afternoon of a Business Model Canvas Workshop.The next day focused on visualizing motivation where delegates learned how to brand their passions and how to market their social enterprises through social media. On the final day, delegates got the opportunity to network and present their products with a final speech from keynote speaker Dr. Francisco Cos-Montiel, UN Regional Advisor for Women's Economic Empowerment.

For more photos from the event, visit the Asian Women Social Entrepreneurs Facebook Page
"Joining the Asian Women Social Entrepreneurs Network Conference in Bangkok was my first time being outside of my country and I learned a lot of things. Now I am even more inspired to gain as much knowledge about business as I can and I have learned that we should get to know more people from other countries in order to share our experiences and grow."

Khim Bun- Project Manager at Agile Development Group & EPIC Entrepreneur
"I enjoyed my time during the conference in Bangkok very much. By sharing our struggles as women in business, I've learned that we have similar experiences which makes me feel that I'm not alone."

Thavry Thul- Blogger, Writer & Entrepreneur
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