A Girl with Much to Give
In 2007, Nomi Network Co-Founder and President Diana Mao was traveling in Cambodia doing micro-finance research. While conducting surveys in a rural village, she met with a single father of seven children. At the end of the visit, the father offered his youngest daughter, maybe 6 or 7 years old, to Diana’s male colleague. Looking into his eyes, Diana saw sadness and desperation. This moment was a paradigm shift for Diana--in her mind, human trafficking was perpetuated by criminal networks. Instead, here she saw firsthand how exploitation begins in homes crippled by poverty.
Diana Mao, President and Co-Founder
Diana founded Nomi Network with co-founders Supei Liu and Alissa Moore-Williams. While traveling in Cambodia, the three met an 8 year old girl named Nomi. Nomi had been trafficked by her stepfather and suffered unthinkable physical and sexual abuse. In spite of the trauma she experienced, Nomi was a warm and resilient child. Nomi Network was founded to be the network behind Nomi, providing a future for thousands of other women and girls like her. Today, Nomi has grown into a beautiful young woman with a generous heart. She inspires us to keep fighting for a world without slavery where every woman can know her full potential.