Siem Reap in northern Cambodia is still one of the poorest provinces in the country despite booming tourism. Money finds its way mainly into the pockets of a very small and often non-Cambodian group of people. A rising number of social projects and businesses is breaking this habit. One of it is the FOOTPRINT CAFÉ. Georgina Hemmingway, the founder of the Footprint Café was traveling trough South East Asia in 2010 and realized the average experience of a tourist and the daily life of Cambodians are so different but believes that many travelers want to find a real local experiences.
The profit of the Café is given back to the communities. It is not her deciding on the projects, but a committee of the staff. Every NGO, community project or other organization can apply for getting grants from Footprint Café and the committee will chose which one they will support. They are still developing a scheme for impact assessment of the projects (the Café started only in November 2016).
WHAT TO EXPECT
A nice cafe/restaurant with different coffees, teas, smoothies. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Huge variety of English books (all donated) for you to purchase. Free WIFI.
Street 26, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia