Cindy Chen

Fairfield West, New South Wales

Community leader, entrepreneur

Cindy grew up under the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, eventually making her way to Sydney’s south-west with her three children. While volunteering at her local school’s breakfast club, Cindy realised many of her fellow mothers were economically powerless. This led the professional caterer to set up Amok – a social enterprise which empowers Cambodian Australian women to move into employment and build confidence. Each week, women attend Amok to develop their skills and create Cambodian dishes. Cindy is using her grant to set up a permanent kitchen and expand the program.