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Project profile

Personal Advancement and Career Enhancement (P.A.C.E.)

In Cambodia, the garment industry is one of the largest employers of female workers, and most workers have limited education and skills.


The Personal Advancement and Career Enhancement (P.A.C.E.) program is funded by Gap Inc. and is designed to bring about positive change in the lives of female garments workers, their families and their communities. Introduced in seven countries in which Gap Inc. operates, CARE Cambodia began implementing the P.A.C.E. program at the Bright Sky Pty. Ltd. factory in Phnom Penh in 2008.  


  • Positively impact female garment workers in factories that make Gap Inc. products by providing them with foundational skills and support that will help with decision-making and problem-solving.

  • Synergize women’s personal and professional opportunities while building a better skilled workforce, increasing opportunities for advancement in the workplace, higher levels of productivity and employee loyalty.

  • Have a positive impact in the communities where Gap Inc. does business by strengthening relationships with strategic vendors and local community partners.

  • Create a sustainable and scalable program model that benefits all participants and contributors, and can be expanded to impact more women.


Key activities

Project activities include:

  • Training of internal factory trainers, to be able to facilitate the following sessions:

    • Khmer literacy

    • Life in the City

    • Life skills - 6 modules:             

      • Communication skills

      • Problem solving and decision making

      • Time management

      • Health and nutrition

      • Gender

      • Financial literacy

  • Monitoring and coaching of P.A.C.E. trainers and observation of training sessions

  • Orientation and sensitization with key influencers in the factory



2008 - 2013



Phnom Penh – Bright Sky Pty. Ltd. factory 



Female garment workers

Project partners


  • Bright Sky factory (a member of the Ocean Sky International group)

  • VBNK (capacity building institute)

  • Marie Stopes International
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