Empower HIV+ Women in Cambodia to Start a Business

Jul 12, 2013

"I am happy to live with dignity and hope"

Thank you for your generous support of our project. Rather than give you just the numbers of women taking part in our sewing class, we would like to share the stories of women whose lives have been transformed through participating in our sewing program.

Mrs. Yin Phalla is a 52 years old HIV positive woman who lives in a small village with the name Kompongsambour. She began to study sewing in SCC’s program one year ago. After finishing the 12 month course, she decided to use her skill for earning income in her community. She sewed clothes professionally and sold them to the people in her village successfully.

“I am thankful to SCC for giving me this opportunity,” she said.

Now she has a daily income from sewing and tailoring.  She can earn 3.25 dollars per day while her family’s expenditures are 2.50 dollars every day. Thus she can save more than 270 dollars in one year which is a big help for her family.  In the future she wants to open a shop at the local market of her community to sell her clothes to a larger number of customers. 

“Before I joined SCC’s sewing program, my family faced discrimination by community members, but now everybody respects and encourages us.  Finally I am very very happy to live with dignity and hope.”


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Project Leader

Kristy Becerra

Battambang, Cambodia

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