We have visited numerous social enterprises, charities and other socially focused organisations during the course of our journey. Click on any logo below for a link to the website of the organisation.

Cambodia

Destination Justice a non-profit fighting an uphill battle to end injustice in Cambodia. Led by their President, Rodolphe Prom, Destination Justice is empowering people in Cambodia by increasing their knowledge of their rights and duties in order to access justice effectively.

PEPY Empowering Youth is an education and youth-leadership NGO. Their mission is to work with young Cambodians and connect them to the skills, opportunities and inspirations needed to reach their potential.

Writing Through is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the education of some of the world’s most at-risk children and adults. Through their workshops, students are helped to think conceptually and then critically, to write more fluently and creatively in English, and to increase their sense of self-esteem and self-worth. They believe that arts education allows both children and adults to view their difficult world more hopefully. In this way, they can imagine and then work towards their own better futures.

Epic Arts was founded to promote the inclusion of people of all abilities and disabilities through the arts. They use the arts as a form of expression and empowerment to bring people with and without disabilities together. Epic Arts operates a busy education and training centre in Kampot, and they host dance shows.

Following this, the idea for the Epic Arts Café, Kampot, grew from their desire to provide work opportunities for deaf and disabled people as well as a hang-out for deaf students. Today, the Cafe stands as a model for an inclusive working environment within the local community, providing employment for ten people and raising funds for the work of Epic Arts.

Ever since its inception in 2006 as a social enterprise, Kamworks has been the leading innovator in solar energy in Cambodia with award-winning projects and technological innovations, impacting over 150,000 rural lives.

Plastic Free Cambodia, headed up by Sarah Rhodes, is fighting tirelessly to educate Cambodian society to ‘say no to plastic’. Plastic Free Cambodia’s aim is to raise awareness of the damage single-use disposable plastic causes.

Building Trust is a non-profit organisation committed to building projects where there is the greatest need. They believe in good design for all and that design at its core is about developing skills for problem solving and creating better solutions.

Vietnam

Coins for Change is a social enterprise providing support to single mothers in Vietnam. They are working directly to help single mothers develop skills for the workplace and to challenge societal perceptions of single mothers.

Viet Trang is a handicraft manufacturer specialised in products made from natural fibres. Their mission is to empower local women and disadvantaged groups, protect natural resources and preserve traditional craftsmanship through the creation of high-quality and sustainable natural handicraft products. Viet Trang is a social enterprise.

Sapa O’Chau is a social enterprise that is made up of four inter-connected pieces: a boarding facility for local Hmong minority children, a café for tourists, a Hmong handicraft store and a very busy tour operation. Their mission is to promote learning, provide sustainable employment, and empower their community.

Green Generation is a social enterprise in the Asian energy sector. Their goal is to deliver environmentally friendly energy solutions, especially to make use of the abundant biomass available for daily use by low income, rural consumers. Their main line of products are energy efficient cooking stoves.

Sapanapro is a social enterprise that supports local Hmong minority people by buying produce from them and employing them in their workshop. Sapanapro sells herbal products created using this local produce and also runs a spa in which visitors can have herbal baths. Their mission is to empower their community in a sustainable, responsible manner.

Kymviet is a social enterprise that produces handicrafts, employing women with disabilities in their workshop. Three of the five founding members have a physical disability themselves; they set up Kymviet with the aim of creating jobs for people who would otherwise find it difficult to find work, to improve their quality of life and help them integrate into society.

Tohe is a social enterprise that produces and sells a range of clothes, home ware, stationery, accessories and toys. The artwork used as the creative designs for their products is produced by disabled or disadvantaged children at Tohe’s free weekly art class. The company’s inspiration stems from the creativity of these little artists.

Hope Centre Hue provides disabled and disadvantaged people with vocational training and work opportunities. The staff at Hope Centre are trained in handicraft, garment and pottery production.

Lifestart Foundation is a not-for-profit charity that helps disadvantaged Vietnamese people and their families to become self-sufficient. The charity works to create sustainable and ongoing income streams for the disadvantaged via education and vocational training schemes. Lifestart continues to develop projects that will enable the charity to become self-sufficient.

CHANGE VN is a not-for-profit organisation that is fighting to bring about sustainable changes regarding urgent environmental and developmental issues through innovative communication and community engagement. One of very few organisations advocating for action in regards to climate change, they are mobilising the youth to engage with these issues.

Enablecode is a software development company employing computing experts with disabilities.

Live Green is a social enterprise providing sustainable business consulting with the mission of bringing more happiness to both current and future generation by promoting green (sustainable) living styles and building up a wide network of green communities.

ICS is an LGBT not-for-profit organization in Vietnam with the mission to connect and build a positive LGBT community and protect LGBT rights.

Laos

Saffron Coffee is a social business supporting hill tribes and protecting the environment whilst producing and selling specialty coffee. They trade and source their coffee from more than 785 farming families in the hills of Northern Laos. The company works directly with these hill tribes, to establish durable partnerships to encourage the farming of Arabica coffee as an alternative (or addition) to low-yielding rice and corn and also to provide education and training.

Big Brother Mouse has created new ways to make fun books for young readers and developed ways to get those books to children in rural villages. Although education and literacy in Laos has been slowly and steadily increasing, reading for fun and outside of the classroom was not a common occurrence largely due to the lack of books available. At their bookshop in Luang Prabang they also hold daily English language drop-ins, where Lao people can come to practice their English with English speakers who are visiting.

Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE) works to ensure people with physical disabilities (especially those caused by unexploded ordnance) have local, free access to high-quality, nationally-managed rehabilitation services. Laos is one of the most heavily bombed countries, per capita, in history. Between 1964 and 1973 the US carried out the equivalent of one bombing mission every 8 minutes 24 hours a day on Laos in an attempt to isolate the North Vietnamese Communists. Of the ammunition dropped 30% failed to detonate, having disastrous consequences to this day and causing devastating (if not life threatening) injuries to those who fall victim to these orange sized bombs still littering the countryside. They have an informative and well-run information centre in Vientiane.

SNV is a Dutch development organisation that is currently trying to create market places for new, progressive technology. In Laos they have been instrumental in advancing the concept and use of various types of advanced cookstoves.

Abundant Water produce and sell clay-pot water filters to provide safe drinking water to people in Laos. They are also committed to establishing micro-businesses so that local businesses can sell these filters independently.

Saoban is a social enterprise works with traditional handicraft artisans to preserve and promote Lao village crafts, create employment opportunities for villagers – mostly women – and reduce poverty. Saoban means ‘villager’ in the Lao language. Their shop is located in Vientiane.

Sunlabob Renewable Energy is a Laos-based company specializing in renewable energy and clean water solutions throughout the developing world. Experts in rural, remote areas, Sunlabob offers a wide range of products and services that achieve one common goal: to enable long-term access to clean energy and water. They focus on solutions that are sustainable – technically, economically, socially and environmentally.

TREE is a global alliance of training restaurants based upon a model of social business which provides positive beneficiary impact, customer satisfaction and enhanced sustainability for the organisation. These restaurants provide disadvantaged or marginalised youths with the training to develop skills to work in the growing hospitality industry whilst also providing them with maths, local and English language education. Khaiphaen is the TREE restaurant in Luang Prabang and Makphet is in Vientiane.