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, 2013

Progress report Feb - April 2013

Ms. Yem Thon in her vegetable garden
Ms. Yem Thon in her vegetable garden

Executive summary

During the report period, the progresses focused on activities, problems, solutions, and achievements including chicken and pig raisings, vegetable growing, and saving component of Self Help Groups in eight villages, Damrey Pong commune, Chhaung district, Kratie province, Cambodia.  

Activities and achievements

There was no restructure for new groups in other villages to become Self Help Group as most group members had no available time to join the meetings.

Chicken production in all groups of the eight villages was quite the same. Beneficiaries ate more chickens than sold them. On average they ate three chickens (about 4.5 kg of meat) per household per month. In Kroach village, no chicken fence made from cassava stem was constructed as most stems were damaged by the rain. However, one beneficiary has completed his chicken fence made from cassava in Pre Kor village.

Currently the pig production of the SHG in Kroach village isn’t going quite well as the price of the pig meat is low on the local market and beneficiaries have difficulties to collect water from water sources which are far away from the village in the dry season. As a result four members (out of 10) sold their pigs. They then, considered improving chicken production as the chicken price is better as well as using less amount of water.   

Vegetable production was quite similar within all villages where beneficiaries grew vegetable for eating more than selling. They grew four to five diversified vegetable varieties within an average 5mX10m land size. A widow grandmother, Yem Thon, 76 years old is living with her three grandchildren in Prey Kor village, they consumed 0.5 kg of vegetable per day. Moreover, she earned about 20,000 riels ($5) per month from selling vegetable.      

Saving components of groups in Kroach, Sre Treak, and Brahout villages have improved compared to groups in other five villages in terms of borrowing and paying loan back to the groups. Groups’ members in Kroach, Sre Treak, and Brahout villages were 20, 40, and 26 respectively. Till now the total amount of money gathered of the groups in Kroach, Sre Treak, and Brahout villages has reached the amount of 815,000 Riels ($204), 4,470,300 Riels ($1,117), 1,700,000 Riels ($425) respectively. And the total amount of money borrowed by groups’ members was 647,000 Riels ($161,75), 3,113,600 Riels ($778,40), and 700,000 Riels ($175) respectively. Groups’ members have mainly lent money for rice, cash crop, and livestock productions and sometimes on health care.     

Local beneficiaries
Local beneficiaries
The self help group gathers for a meeting
The self help group gathers for a meeting
Jan 25, 2013

Final report for our micro project

Sophat receiving $120 for building a chicken pen
Sophat receiving $120 for building a chicken pen

After receiving funding for the micro project “Provide Sophat and her family with 17 chickens” the team introduced Sophat’s family and the local authorities about the aim of the micro project to provide further support to improve the livelihood of individual households from the “Empower 325 Cambodian Families to be Self Reliant” project.

The project team has elaborated a one year activity plan with Sophat’s family for chicken raising. As a result, Sophat will build a chicken house and a fence around it from late January until the end of April 2013. And from May until the end of the year 2013, Sophat will start raising chickens with the technical support from our project team. The project team has provided the first share of funds with USD 120 for the house pen and the fence around the house pen. 

At the end of the meeting, Sophat expressed her grateful thanks to CRDT and especially to the donors who kindly supported her family with chicken raising. She on behalf of her family expressed that she will strongly commit to raising chicken successfully in pursuit of improving her current livelihood situation. In addition Mr. Meng, village chief of Breykor village, also thanked very much CRDT and Global Giving donors for supporting his villagers.  

Sophat
Sophat's chicken pen before the project starts

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Jan 24, 2013

Progress report Nov - Jan 2013

Restructuring of the groups in Brahout village
Restructuring of the groups in Brahout village

Executive summary

The report has focused on the progress of activities, problems, solutions, and achievements in terms of chicken and pig raisings, vegetable growing, and saving component of CBOs in eight villages, Damrey Pong commune, Chhaung district, Kratie province, Cambodia.  

Activities and achievements

In the last report there were needed improvements of all CBOs in all villages to have a better way of functioning. In response, in Brahout village, the Chicken group, Fish group, and Vegetable group were restructured to become only one Group with only three elected committee members and 23 members (in total 26 people, 12 women), called a Self Help Group. The committee members were Mr. Sun Sokchea, group coordinator, Mr. Thean Mao, group representative 1, and Mrs. Than Soklin, group representative 2. All new committee members have committed to work harder in order to improve the livelihood conditions for their members. All group members were happy to change from three groups to become only one which they expect to have better management and let them more time to do their work. According to the proposal of the new group, the project team has approved to release a USD 200 grant for supporting the saving component of this brand new group.    

Chicken raising activities of the Self Help Group (SHG) in Kroach village were similar to the previous report in terms of delayed construction of fences around chicken houses as they have not yet finished harvesting cassava. However, on average 3 chickens were eaten per household per month and 2 chickens were sold per month. For one case, Mr. Teng Vanny, 50 years old, a group member of the SHG in Kroach village, said that his family ate 16 chickens and sold 11 chickens which allowed them to earn an amount of 198,000 riels ($49.5). Pig raising activities were going well with 10 households conducting the activity, but two other households decided not to raise pigs due to the lack of water for the pig production. In terms of vegetable growing, most of the households produced vegetables for their own consumption only.

Chicken raising and vegetable growing group members in other villages were quite similar to Kroch village. However, few members could have a vegetable production not only for their own consumption but also for earning a surplus income. As a good example, Mrs. Soy Sophat produced vegetables to support her four family’s members with 15 kg per month and at the same time she earned an income of 100,000 Riels per month. Through following up the chicken and pig raising activities of group members, it was decided that the improvements needed are mainly on feeding and vaccination.

The saving components of the Kroach village group showed that the group is doing much better in terms of making loans and repaying them back than other groups in other villages. So restructuring small groups to become SHGs was the right solution and will be needed to be done in other villages.

Chicken raising activity
Chicken raising activity
Pig raising activity
Pig raising activity
Vegetable growing activity
Vegetable growing activity

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