Somaly Mam Beauty + Salon: Social Enterprise to End Slavery

The Somaly Mam Foundation, in partnership with Agir pour les Femmes en Situation Précaire (AFESIP) in Cambodia and The Estée Lauder Companies, committed to supporting the economic empowerment of survivors of sexual slavery through the Somaly Mam Beauty+ Salon in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Together the partners will build a salon space, train employees, and stock the salon with high-end products. Through these investments, program graduates will be able to open their own or find employment in established salons, taking their place as empowered agents in Cambodia's rapidly growing economy.

Somaly Mam Beauty + Salon: Social Enterprise to End Slavery

This commitment seeks to create and support economic opportunities for survivors of sexual slavery through a cross-sector partnership between the Somaly Mam Foundation, Agir pour les Femmes en Situation Précaire (AFESIP) in Cambodia, and The Estée Lauder Companies (ELC) and its associated brands, including Bumble and Bumble, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, and Clinique. Together, they will launch the Somaly Mam Beauty+ Salon.

The Salon will offer advanced skills training and job placement opportunities for young women who are survivors of sex slavery and preparing to reintegrate into the community. Trainees will be selected from AFESIP Cambodia's Siem Reap facility, where they have undergone a period of recovery, informal education, and basic salon skills and business training curriculum to help prepare them for running their own salon. Launched in August 2013, 10 classes of three trainees each will undergo a minimum three-month, four-stage training period, beginning in the AFESIP Center for Recovery and Skills Training and ending in the salon as an unpaid apprentice. In addition to offering beauty and hair care services to customers, trainees will also begin to practice small business skills. Upon graduation, women can choose between a startup kit to open their own salon, or AFESIP's job placement officers' assistance in existing salons. AFESIP's reintegration team will track progress monthly and then every three months for the first two years after graduation from the salon program, to help support development and stability.


  • Somaly Mam Foundation

    Staff size: 6-25

    The Somaly Mam Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to ending sex slavery and empowering survivors as part of the solution. Our multilateral approach includes direct services for...

  • Estee Lauder

    Goods Supplier
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. is one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of quality skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products. The Company's products are sold...

  • Acting for Women in Distressing Situations (AFESIP) Cambodia

    Advocacy NGO
    Cambodia | Staff size: 51-100

    AFESIP Cambodia is a legally registered non-governmental, non-partisan, and non-religious organization that cares for and secures the rights of women and girls victimized by human trafficking...

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Key Information

LocationCambodia, East Asia and Pacific
  • Start Date 2013
  • End Date 2015
  • ValueUSD 104 Thousand