Cambodian Rural Development Team

Vision: "A Cambodia free of poverty and environmental degradation." Mission: "To improve food security, incomes, and living standards of subsistence rural communities in support of environmental conservation throughout Cambodia."
Apr 24, 2014

Business training supports pig raising

Mrs. Channy feeding her pigs
Mrs. Channy feeding her pigs

This progress report highlights project progress within the period January 27 to April 20, 2014 and the case study of Mrs.Channy and access to credit for her business.

Activities and Achievements

Within this reporting period, the Cambodian Rural Development Team (CRDT)supported partially by the funds raised from Global Giving Donors, continued to empower rural women through training sessions, coaching and monitoring them in business skills in Sre Krasaing village, Sre Krasaing commune, Siembok district.

CRDT delivered a training course on basic business skills for nine women in order for them to feel confident in doing business. We also followed them up afterwards.CRDT already supports the Savings Group in Sre Krasaing, which has increased its total members’ savings by 320,000 Riel (USD 80)over the last three months. Currently, the saved money of the Group reaches the amount of 1,965,300 Riel (USD 491). From this, 1,900,000 Riel (USD 475) was lent to women as capital for starting and expanding businesses such as pig raising, cassava plantation and grocery selling.

As an example, Mrs. Channy lives in Sre Krasaing village. Her family relies on rice production, cassava plantation, pig raising, and the production of local wine. She became a member of the Savings Group in 2013. She has now borrowed 140,000 Riel from the Savings Group to buy piglets. She said “I am happy. I have access to credit from our Savings Group to begin raising pigs. I have to say thank you to CRDT and the donors of CRDT projects for supporting me and other rural households”.

Mrs. Channy collecting wine rice for pig feed
Mrs. Channy collecting wine rice for pig feed
Mrs. Channy
Mrs. Channy's daughter producing local noodle
View of Sre Krasaing village
View of Sre Krasaing village

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Jan 27, 2014

A Motivated Micro-enterprise of 5 Women in Koh Preah

Ms. Vannara showing her fish sauce products
Ms. Vannara showing her fish sauce products

November 2013 to January 2014

This report highlights the project progress, challenges, and additional needs. The report also includes the case of Ms. Vannara and her livelihood improvement by joining in a micro local enterprise of fish sauce production with her 5 neighbors.

Activities, Achievements, and Next work plan

Since November 2013, with funding support from Global Giving donors, Cambodian Rural Development Team (CRDT) started to implement this new project by working with 375 women in Sre Krasaing, Siem Bok and Koh Sralay communes in Siem Bok district to strengthen their capacities in livelihood development. The majority of the women are the members of the Livelihood Community Based Organizations (CBOs) formed and facilitated by CRDT since 2008. By working with CRDT, the groups were trained and coached on agriculture techniques for growing rice and vegetable, raising pig and chicken, and starting group saving. Then, small grants were released to support the women to start up their livelihood activities. This additional assistance from Global Giving offered these women opportunities to expand their livelihood activities after CRDT phased out its initial project ending in late 2012.

During this reporting period, CRDT focused on the Fish Sauce Women Association comprising of 5 women. Follow up meeting with the Chief of the association gave the insights into the facing needs that their enterprise lacks (1) the techniques for storing the cooked fish sauce to avoid fungi development after a desired period of 1 year, (2) the containers with proper tabs for bottling fish sauce, (3) the kitchen to maintain high level of hygiene in production, (4) packaging technique and materials, and (5) the capital to enlarge the production scale to generate more income.

So far, the project raised USD 555 from 10 global giving donors. In the next period, CRDT will try to optimize the use of this fund together with the communities’ own fund from saving to tackle the above needs of the fish sauce women association. However, more funding is really needed so that the rest of the needs could be met effectively and the group will be fully empowered to lead themselves toward a sustainable and profitable fish sauce enterprise.

Let’s hear from the Chief of the group, Ms. Vannara, aged 45, chief of the association. “Our fish sauce production is now more well know in the local markets, and in 2013 we received a satisfactory amount of order from customers from both Stung Treng province and the other parts of Cambodia because they like the smell and taste of our fish sauce and believe in the quality of natural raw materials (freshwater fish) we used in our production. Actually, we can compete in the market if we improve our production a little bit more. Unfortunately, so far we could not meet some market demands on quality which requires our fish sauce not to have fungi within a year after production. Also, they need our fish sauce to upgrade its packaging because nice package is very important to show that our product is with quality and hygiene. If we could meet all these demands, we would have a lot of market opportunities and could make a significant income from this small enterprise for our members and the other villagers.”

I hope that through this project and with support from Global Giving and CRDT, our micro-enterprise will be upgraded in the near future, and I would like to thank very much to global giving donors for providing us with the hope to strengthen and sustain our enterprise. I wish you all good lucks and success in all your work.

Fish sauce production site
Fish sauce production site
Fish sauce containers
Fish sauce containers
Fish sauce bottles washed and dried for filling
Fish sauce bottles washed and dried for filling
CRDT meeting with fish sauce group
CRDT meeting with fish sauce group
Children in Koh Preah
Children in Koh Preah
Nov 20, 2013

325 families in rural Cambodia were made self reliant thanks to you !

Project
Project's beneficiary feeding her chickens

In the last two months, CRDT has received from the Global Giving donors the amount of 1,115 USD. These donations make the target funding of 10,760 USD reach its threshold. However, even before receiving all donations, we implemented the project continuously by supporting 325 families in Damrei Phong commune to be self-reliant through the formation of 21 livelihood CBOs. This report aims at providing the information on the achievements of the project as well as its future plan before we move to fundraise for another project in Steung Treng province, Cambodia.

Project Achievements and Evaluation

Over the last three years (from January 2011 to November 2013), with the funding from our Global Giving donors, CRDT has been working in Damrei Phong commune in providing the 21 CBOs’ members with sustainable livelihood supports. During the project period, 10 training courses were conducted (2 on pig raising, 2 on chicken raising, 2 on vegetable growing, 2 on saving, 1 on leadership, and 1 on small grant proposal writing). In addition, a total budget of 5,650 USD in the form of small grants was also provided to support the development of the livelihood activities of the 21 CBOs’ members. Through these capacity buildings and funding support, the 21 CBOs’ members took the first step toward self-reliance particularly in the area of household food security. Above all, the projects’ beneficiaries declared that the project has brought positive changes in their lives and in their commune especially on the three main aspects of improved family welfare, improved local empowerment, and improved gender equality.

However, while most CBO members have improved their living standards with the activities and the surplus of their produces, some others are still struggling to reach their food security and to get out of poverty. This is because their activities have unfortunately been affected by life hazards such as flooding, drought, and animal disease more frequently than the others. Nevertheless, they will not give up easily as they understood clearly about the benefit from the activities. Failures make them even stronger especially when they will be facing the same hazards next time. 

Future Plan for Project Sustainability

Through the project evaluation, we found out that some CBO members especially those who were challenged by the natural disasters in their livelihood activities still need further funding support in order for them to restart their activities. Thus, CRDT plans to use the remaining budget of 1,115 USD as revolving fund to support them. The idea of revolving fund is that all members will use the fund in rotation (in the form of loan with very low interest rate) over a specific period in order for them to restart their livelihood activities. One CRDT’s staff will continue to monitor and provide consultation to the CBO members in order to make sure that they could totally self-manage the revolving fund. So far, we are proud to report that the achievements of the project will continue to be sustainable over the long term.

Thank you so much to our donors for their generosity with our Cambodian rural poor people. On behalf of all 21 CBOs’ members and CRDT, I wish you good luck, good health, and prosperity in your lives. We look forward to seeing you supporting our next project again at Sustainable lives for 375 women in rural Cambodia

Watermelon farm in the village
Watermelon farm in the village
Rice field in the village
Rice field in the village
Cassava farm in the village
Cassava farm in the village
Making banana chip for sale
Making banana chip for sale
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