Cindy is a single mum of three kids, living in South-West Sydney. She is a refugee from Cambodia who has overcome significant challenges to be financially independent and support her family.

Cindy is proud of her Cambodian heritage and serves authentic, healthy Cambodian food in her catering business, Amok.

Amok is more than a catering company. It is a social enterprise that supports the social and economic inclusion of Cambodian women in south-west Sydney. AMOK was incubated by Benjamin Chahola and Ravy Heny from Sydney & South Western Sydney Local Health Districts, who brought Cindy on to co-ordinate the program. After successfully piloting the program and providing catering services across south-west Sydney they are now ready to start developing the business model and providing employment and employment pathways to more women.

Amok’s programs include:

1. A training incubator: Amok creates a safe place for women to share their cooking skills with other women and gain new knowledge and skills. Participants receive training in cooking, food handling and small business management
2. Employment in AMOK catering enterprise
3. Employment pathways to catering and hospitality jobs in their local areas through work experience placements and business partnerships.

Cindy’s vision is to help other Cambodian women in Australia become financially independent and have a voice in their family and community. Cindy dreams of expanding Amok to Cambodia and replicating the model to support women and their families.