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”.
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.
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