Sunday, April 1, 2012

Spotlight on Home Patry Coordinator, Nok Chhun

Nomi Network’s awesome Home Party Coordinator, Nok Chunn, has been coordinating Nomi Network’s home parties across state lines and New York’s busy cities since 2010. Advising many hosts on how to invite their friends and family to make a positive difference in the lives of women in Cambodia through their product purchase, Nok has been an excellent asset to our volunteer team.

Nomi Home Parties are a great way to share our solution through the stories of the women we aid in Cambodia and India, and raise greater awareness among your network about human trafficking. Home parties also give an opportunity to your network to give back to the women, as 100% of sale proceeds are invested into programs that support the women.

Learn more about home parties and about Nok below.

How did you hear about Nomi Network? What inspired you to be involved?

I found out about Nomi Network through my brother who was the DJ for the 2010 Spring Fling Fashion event, where Nomi had an information and product display table set up.

My mom’s childhood stories inspired me to volunteer with Nomi Network. She grew up in Cambodia, the eldest daughter of thirteen children. When she was 11 years old, she had to leave home because of her family’s poverty. Her experiences inspire me to want to make a difference in the lives of women and girls around the world.

As the home party coordinator, what advice would you give to making a Nomi Home Party event successful?

Every home party is different, and hosting a home party is a great way to mingle, spend time with family and friends, and share a gift that brings freedom to women and girls. Whether the host is having a small party or a large gathering, hosting a home party is an opportunity to raise awareness about the global pandemic of human trafficking and ultimately invite the audience to take action by purchasing a Nomi Network product. Ultimately, the host is connecting with the people in their lives and sharing their passion and desire to make a difference in the world.

What is the most popular item sold at Nomi Home parties?

The Buy Her Bag Not Her Body® signature tote for its awareness-raising message and the fact that it folds into a portable carrying case and is perfect for groceries, traveling, and transporting miscellaneous items, great for a person on the go. It’s a great conversation starter and presents an opportunity to talk about Nomi Network and the work in which the organization is involved.

What is your favorite Nomi product and why?

The fish tote, because it reminds me of my father’s hometown of Koh Kong, Cambodia, a little fishing village situated on the border of Thailand. I love the water, and this Nomi product reminds me to take some time to do a little blue ocean gazing. Plus, this bag fits everything!

What is the most memorable moment working with Nomi Network?

There is not one memorable moment that stands out because working at Nomi Network has been a series of memorable moments. Every time I interact with a Nomi Network team member, a home party host, or another volunteer, I am reminded about the importance of service and community, and am impressed by everyone’s commitment and desire to effect positive change in the world and leave it a little bit better than they found it. There’s a lot of positive energy!

Who is your role model and why?

My mom is my role model because of her strength and perseverance. I see in her the woman that I hope to one day become--powerful and giving. She inspired her children to dream and to know that all dreams are achievable. Because she only had a third grade level education, education was important to her; for her, education paved the way to opportunities. She went without while we were growing up, so that her children would have basic necessities and would lead a different life than the one she led, and her proudest achievement is that all her children are college graduates.

What is the best compliment received by a Home Party host/ hostess?

I love it whenever a home party host shares stories and photos from their event. They are always impressed by the fact that Nomi Network is a volunteer-driven organization.

- Lisa Kim


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