Common Grounds Cafe
An American Cafe in the heart Siem Reap, Cambodia
On January 16th 2008, Common Grounds Cafe was opened by Julie Martinez as part of our parent organization People For Care And Learning (PCL), with the vision of creating a missional business that gives poor and disadvantaged people in Siem Reap a working chance. We believe that instead of handing out handouts, we should give people the opportunity to work in the hospitality and restaurant industry.
We have trained and provided jobs to dozens Cambodian youths over the past 11 years. We have been ecstatic to see them succeed in their careers. Some of them have worked at some of the best hotels and restaurants Cambodia offers.
In 2008, Dalath Loeut was hired as one of our initial 13 employees. He comes from a poor rural family in Battambang Province and had no prior job experience in the industry. He started working with us as a server and through hard work and dedication he learned and worked his way up taking on more and more responsibility. Dalath was promoted to Common Grounds manager in 2015. He now oversees all of the day-to-day activities. He is now on the other side of the spectrum, providing hope to young people with similar backgrounds to himself.