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."
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
Oct 21, 2013

Progress report August-Oct 2013

Sophoeun feeding her chickens in her house yard
Sophoeun feeding her chickens in her house yard

This progress report focuses on the family of Sophoeun and her livelihood activities as well as the improvements in her life. Nevertheless, it will also report on the challenges and possible solutions in her activities especially lately during the period of flooding in her village.

Sopheoun 39, lives in Treak village, in Kratie province. She is a farmer and the breadwinner of her family which consists of 7 members—her aged parents, two sisters, and two nephews aged 4 and 6. In her daily life with support from other members of the family, she grows rice, vegetables, raises pig and chicken to make the whole families’ living.

Sopheoun has joined CRDT in late 2009. Her CBO group has 42 members, and they decided to follow the activities such as saving, chicken raising and pig raising. Since first established, the group was provided by CRDT with a small grant of about 2 000 000 riel (500 USD), 9 toilets, 21 rain water storages, 30 containers for vegetable watering, and 12 water containers for household use. Lately since 2012 with the funding support from the GlobalGiving, this CBO has been strengthened with a series of trainings including chicken raising, pig raising, rice growing, and vegetable gardening together with the provision of seeds to improve their livelihood.

As for Sophoeun, she enjoyed the saving activity, chicken raising and vegetable growing. She was provided with 5 hens, 3 roosters, and some vegetable seeds for the start of her activities. She mentioned that after she started these activities her family’s living was improved. She said “Before, we rarely ate chicken because we couldn’t afford to buy chicken from the market. Now, we eat chicken often (at least once a week) from our own raising.” They also find it easier to collect vegetables from their garden while they could save money to buy other needed stuffs. They feel that they are having nutritious food and healthier lives. Sophoeun even plans to expand her chicken raising so that she could have surplus to sell out in the market for additional income.

Despite these improvements, Sophoeun is currently facing some challenges in her chicken raising. Due to floodwater surrounding the village in September, she could not find enough feed for chicken, thus she decided to free them so that they could find food by themselves nearby the house rather than keeping them in the pen like before. Unfortunately this led to baby chicks being frequently bitten to death by rats and cats, and some adult chickens got sick. She said that now she has less chicken than before, with only 3 hens left. She is worried that she could not continue to raise them all well like before. Above all, the flood destroyed about 30% of her 1 ha ricefield.

The same terrible things happened to other families in her village as well. In September 2013, the floodwater from the Mekong River and the continual rainfalls lasted for 3 weeks in the farming areas and destroyed the majority of their crops especially rice and cassava. In the whole village of 200 families, the flood caused damage of about 70% rice and 50% cassava. However, Sopheoun continued that “we fortunately have some saving of 400 000 riel (about 100USD) in our group so we can manage to give loan to some of our members who most need it to buy seeds to re-grow. Still, there are many other members who could no longer access the loan this time plus about 20 more families in this village which have no mean to replace their rice crop with new seeds. It would be very much helpful if CRDT could help my group and other villagers in this urgent situation so that we can continue to improve our livelihood like before.”    

Where there is GlobalGiving, there is hope for our beneficiaries! We would very much appreciate if you could make a donation for rice seed supply for 20 families in Treak village and even more families in nearby villages in Damrey Phong commune to re-grow rice for their own consumption this year. 

Toilet provided by CRDT to Sopheun
Toilet provided by CRDT to Sopheun's family
Rainwater storage provided by CRDT to Sophoeun
Rainwater storage provided by CRDT to Sophoeun
Flooded rice field
Flooded rice field
Road damaged by the floods
Road damaged by the floods
Jul 22, 2013

Progress report April-July 2013

Ms. Sophat and her chicken pen
Ms. Sophat and her chicken pen

Regarding the new progress report, we decided to focus on the family of Ms. Sophat and show the improvements in her life.

Mrs Sory Sophat, 53 years old live in Prey Kou village, Damrey Phong commune, Chhloung district, Kratie province, she has 5 children. Sophat is a farmer, growing rice, vegetables, cassava, and raising chickens to help her generate income. She has joined CRDT through community based organization since 2009 as part of the vegetable growing group. In January 2013 Mrs. Sory Sophat was selected to get small grant $400 USD for chicken raising activities. The grant was released in 3 steps, the first step provided her with $120USD for chicken pen construction and she has built chicken pen with 3m x 4m size. During the second step she got $196 USD for buying chick, hens, roosters, and chicken feeds. The third step will be realized as soon as CRDT raises enough funding on GlobalGiving.

Before she had only 2 chickens, and currently she has 9 hens, 3 roosters she now has more than 50 chickens and she has sold 4 chickens and plan to sell more this year. She also still faced some difficulties related to the disease for her chickens raising, and CRDT plans to provide technical training on chicken raising to her.

She said “I am very happy with the chicken raising activity that can complement my other livelihood activities, especially in my cassava plantation areas with these activities supported by my husband too, so it is easy for me to monitor and take care of it. And I would very much like to thank CRDT and Global Giving donors who support funding through CRDT, wish all of you to be lucky and prosperous and wealthy”.

Sophat
Sophat's chicken and duck raising activities
Sophat
Sophat's land farm in Prey Kou village
Sophat
Sophat's husband on the farm land
Sophat
Sophat's cassava plantation in Prey Kou village
Sophat
Sophat's vegetables plantation
Sophat
Sophat's chicken coop

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