Report from the workshop held on 15th May, 2015
On occasion of Cambodia Pride and IDAHOT 2015 CamASEAN Youth’s Future and Micro Rainbow have organized a workshop on poverty reduction of LGBTI people in Cambodia.
The workshop was held on 15th May at Rainbow CAT in Phnom Penh to promote economic empowerment among LGBTI community, to achieve positive social attitude changes and to influence businesses to commit to helping LGBTI people to step out of poverty.
Twenty-five people attended the workshop including representatives of UNAIDS, journalists, LGBTI people living in poverty, LGBTI activists, human rights and youth activists, and CSOs representatives.
Some of the LGBTI people living poverty highlighted that LGBTI people are highly discriminated in schools and in the workplace in Cambodia, which are important factors that contribute to poverty.
Participants in the workshop said that some of the main challenges in setting up small businesses are lack of skills, knowledge, or experience, and the ability to access start-up finances. They also said they would benefit from support in developing their ideas strategically, and from hearing the experiences of other small business owners, both about success and failure.
Participants worked in groups to discuss potential business ideas, start-up plans and risk management. Fifteen participants have started to prepare their business plan during the workshop.