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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Crime & Law, Sexual Abuse Prevention

Mission: Nomi Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to the eradication of human trafficking by creating training and job opportunities for survivors and women at-risk, while increasing economic opportunities for their products and services.

Results: Our 2009 Cambodia Pilot Project has resulted in 4,373 bags sold, fair wages and health benefits for 23 women, contributed to growth of organization from 23 to 80 employees, and Walmart.com launching Buy Her Bag Not Her Body products on their ecommerce site as part of their Women's Empowerment Initiative. Our India "Train the Trainer" Program has conducted training in leadership, entrepreneurship, and technical skills that has provided secure jobs for women.

Geographic areas served: Cambodia, India

Programs: Nomi network provides direct vocational training to survivors and women at risk of human trafficking. Nomi network also helps women secure jobs and financial independence through specialized training.

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Nomi network is not only a non-profit with a genuine cause, but an inspiring organization. Nomi network's commitment to their cause and the way in which they promote awareness has opened the eyes of many to the existence an harms of human trafficking. The way this company creates economic opportunities for survivors of human trafficking, and those at risk, is undoubtedly one of the main reasons Nomi network is one of the greatest non profit organizations around.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Nomi Network had been on my radar for a while now as an organization that not only has fashionable goods, but an incredible cause. I love what they do and I love how they do it. If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity go here! The people at Nomi Network are honest, hard working and passionate women and men fighting for one of life's greatest tragedies.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I saw the Nomi Network table at a concert and was drawn in by their cool front pocket T shirts. When i learned of their vision and mission I couldnt help but fall in love! Great cause that I fully support! The staff were sweet and helpful and explaining the non profit and I enjoyed my expierence at the Nomi table.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I had no idea about the Nomi Network until my wife bought a computer bag from them. She told me their cause and the help they provide to women escaping the chains of modern day slavery and trafficking. I was happy to hear the great services provided and am a proud supporter of the work the Nomi Network does. They provode a voice to the voiceless and give faces to numbers.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

This is the most incredible non-profit helping the women and girls in Cambodia and India. The best part about the organization is that they include all new volunteers and really educate them about the cause and make them feel like they are a part of the solution.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned of Nomi Network through a volunteer opportunity. The staff there is amazing, they are so dedicated to creating jobs in India and Cambodia to prevent and end Human Trafficking. Human Trafficking is a much bigger problem then most people realize. The staff at Nomi Network helps to create awareness for their cause and create economic opportunities for women and children at risk.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2009, a friend mentioned that her roommate was an anti-sex trafficking activist and was forming a non-profit organization to do work in Cambodia. Coincidentally, I had been keeping my eyes and ears open for a charitable organization with which to volunteer. Upon eventually meeting all of the leaders in the organization, it was quite striking to see such highly motivated and talented people with pure intention. They are a pleasure to volunteer for. As part of my work as a volunteer, I have also learned enormously about the social issues and cultures they deal with.

1 Serena F.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was at a Nexus event in NYC when I first met Diana and saw her speak impassionedly about Nomi and the work they do to fight human trafficking. I was determined to meet her, and moved to volunteer to help in any way that I could. Instead of just throwing money at the problem, they empower victims and at-risk individuals with knowledge and skills that change their lives dramatically. Not only are they fighting the good fight in service of an important cause, but they're doing it in the smartest, most thoughtful way possible. In a time when more and more companies are using their product sales to do good, Nomi shines as an example of how businesses--both nonprofit and for-profit--can and should operate.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard about Nomi Network through a design competition at my university. We were asked to design a capsule collection using the recycled rice bag material used in the Buy Her Bag Not Her Body line. I found the challenge inspiring, and was fortunate enough to be selected as the winner. I reached out to volunteer with Nomi after learning more about the amazing work they were doing in Cambodia and Bihar, India. The founders have such drive and true passion for what they do, which is so rarely seen in the fashion industry. Volunteering with them has been an extremely valuable experience. They are a shining example of how a non profit can make life changing impact. The organization raises awareness about sex trafficking, but also proposes a real solution with training and skill building for a global market. Nomi really has grown a network of dedicated individuals that together can fight to end modern day slavery.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My dear friend helped start this non-profit as her way of putting words in action & boy did she. Empowering women to build their own self worth & financial stability is the most life changing thing that could happen to not only these women of Cambodia & India but hopefully eventually one day, the entire human race. Inspiring women to help change their own lives, lives of others & the forever of many girls is so radically important the vision Nomi Network has will change the world. Engaging the developed world to support these women is the most logical, smart endeavor Diana and her team could have presented us with. More than applause for the action but a giant leap of support should follow an organization so impactful.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learned about Nomi through its founders. They are an inspiring group of people who who seek to combat and eliminate human and sex trafficking. Through their different programs, including one in India, women are educated and given tools to have other means of employment. Love for these victims is motivation behind every single decision made and, because of that, I have no doubt that this organization will succeed in their fight. What began as a small school assignment has become life-changing opportunities to suffering women all over the world.

Donor

Rating: 5

I learned about Nomi through its founder. Over the years I have continued to be impressed with her commitment to her faith, sacrificial love for victims of slavery and dedication to a God-driven way to freedom. I am confident that under her leadership Nomi will grow as a force against oppression for those who need it most.

Donor

Rating: 5

I met Nomi's founder while I was working for an anti-trafficking organization in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She impressed me as someone who is not only compassionate, but also disciplined, focused, and driven. In the last four years, I have seen the organization grow in vision, depth and scope. I love Nomi's mission, which provides hope for women as it builds economies, educates consumers and builds anti-trafficking partnerships around the world. I'm proud to have played a tiny role in this organization's invaluable work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Nomi Network has been tremendously successful in the fight against human and sex trafficking. Eliminating sex trafficking and rehabilitating trafficked victims is complex and difficult; yet, Nomi has proven this to be possible. Through their Buy Her Bag Not Her Body campaign, Nomi trains, educates and creates jobs for both survivors and women at risk of becoming sex trafficked, while they also bring global awareness to the business of sex trafficking. As a volunteer, I fully support Nomi's vision, mission and efforts as they fight to break the vicious cycle of human trafficking.

Board Member

Rating: 4

One of the founding members of Nomi Network used to intern for me in 2007. We lost touch but through the power of social media, we reconnected in 2009 which was when she started on this amazing organization. I first began as a volunteer and helped with their first award ceremony. I was so excited about Nomi's mission that it wasn't hard to get my network to purchase tickets and donate. The mission spoke for itself. Also, what's unique about Nomi is that it is a synergy of ideas and methods which aren't commonly used. They provide economic opportunities for survivors and woman at risk of human trafficking by giving them skills so that they can make products for global market; thereby earning an income to support their family! The most important part of Nomi's concept is that it is not handing out money to survivors or woman at risk. They are earning it. Nomi is teaching them job and leadership skills so they can change their lives. "you give a man a fish, he will life for a day. if you teach a man to fish, he will be fed for a lifetime." this is the essence of Nomi's work. When asked to join Nomi's Board, I thought about the abovementioned phrase and said, I am on board to teach these women a way to feed themselves and their families for the rest of their lives. Nomi has moved on from being a fully volunteer organization to couple of paid staff. We have a long way to go. We need to build up our staff capacity so we can help even more people in the anti-human trafficking arena. studies have shown that if you invest in the livelihood of women, they will reinvest in the community, which causes a positive ripple effect. I look forward to working with Nomi for many years to come and I invite all those who are interested in this amazing cause to join us in this important movement to end modern day slavery.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I heard about Nomi Network through a friend and immediately was drawn to learn more about how Nomi works to fight against human trafficking. I decided to take a quarter off of school to intern with Nomi and have absolutely loved working with all the staff and volunteers here. Love is Nomi Network's true motivation in all the hard work done to provide opportunities for survivors and women at risk of human trafficking. Seeing beautiful smiles of women who have graduated from the India Program is such a testimony to the life changing and empowering programs Nomi Network provides.

Gretchen6

Advisor

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Nomi Network by my niece who traveled with them to Cambodia to work with women who are survivors and at risk of trafficking. She came back with stories of how lives where changed and hope was instilled in the women who are being helped by Nomi, despite the enormous challenges. I have been so impressed with the founders passion and determination to make a difference in the lives of the women whose voice has been stolen from them. They have already done great work by employing women and giving them income so they can gain control of their lives - this, while the founders carried their own full time jobs. They are now getting enough funding to begin leaving their jobs to work full time for Nomi. I know they will now grow Nomi even further and help significantly more women avoid the horrors of slavery. I love the products and carry my Nomi bag proudly knowing it is a product that helps lives - and I get compliments on it which gives me the opportunity to share the mission. Nomi needs to focus more on sales so they can get their products into stores. That will be helped by consumers asking stores to carry the Nomi products. This organization doesn't just give the women a fish, it teaches them to fish and that means lasting change for their lives and the lives of their children.

Shankar K.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I am a Social worker and have 4.5 years of experience in development sector specially i worked with the trafficked and vulnerable women of Bihar. I met Nomi Network people at Forbeshganj, Araria district of Bihar, and I was very happy to see that at least these young women from US came here to change the life of the trafficked/vulnerable women by providing them Vocational Education Training Program. Good work and hats off for this team.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer for Nomi, helping with fundraising. I really enjoy helping to identify possible funding sources for this extraordinary organization that aims to provide economic opportunities for survivors of human trafficking. I am inspired by the dedicated women who have founded this non profit. Their commitment is most impressive. I am excited to get more involved and to see this unique organization grow!

Rajdeep P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I write for the Nomi Network Blog! I love writing stories for this amazing group of women and men dedicated to fighting for the women and girls in the international sex trade. I love their innovative strategies, their dream-big hearts, and their hope-infused dedication at every level. Looking forward to the future and the many lives changed because of Nomi!! Sincerely, Rajdeep Paulus