Homeland aims to strengthen the income-generation capacity of families and older children who receive our services by providing a range of vocational and skills training.
In the last three years, Homeland has provided over 85 apprenticeships in motorcycle repair, make-up and beauty, hairdressing and other vocations through partner training schools, such as Don Bosco and Sala Bai. We also regularly host agricultural trainings in communities for livestock raising.
In-house, Homeland provides training in weaving traditional Khmer fabrics, handicraft-making, and cooking and restaurant skills. These are delivered through our two social enterprises: Gift Shop and Fresh Eats Café.
Weaving and Handicrafts
Homeland’s Handicraft Program was established in 1998, with the aim of improving the ability of families to generate their own income, especially in households of women affected by HIV/AIDS. The Handicraft Program has become an official member of the Artisans Association of Cambodia (AAC) as a fair trade organization, and now provides training to young women and vulnerable youth and their families.
Products made by the center are available for sale at Homeland, the Fresh Eats Café, and a small number of hotels and market stalls in Battambang and Phnom Penh.
The program currently has 2 weaving trainees and 2 handicraft trainees. In the last three years, more than 35 young women graduated. All have since started their own business or are employed in the garment industry.
Homeland launched a cook training program at our social enterprise restaurant, Fresh Eats Café, in July 2013. Under the direction of Mr. Vuthy, the Executive Chef of Lonely Tree Café, 8 students learned cooking techniques for Western and Khmer cuisine as part of a 6-month vocational program. The course also includes externships with local restaurants and resorts.
To ensure that our trainees are successful, we also give additional support including a food allowance and child care services, if needed. When participants have completed their training, they can also be eligible for a small loan to help them with the costs of setting up their own business.