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."
Oct 7, 2015

The Community Shop in Andong Kraleung Village Suppports Farmers to Produce Happily

Meeting to discuss about Community Shop location
Meeting to discuss about Community Shop location

In the last three months, the CRDT project team in Mondulkiri Province has continued to complete the activities to support farm businesses in Andong Kraleung village. Seven meetings were conducted with the 6 farmers who raise chickens and grow vegetables in order to find out their progress and challenges in the activities. As a result, 4 out of the six families could be able to produce and sell the surplus while 2 others were able to produce for their own consumption at this stage due to lack of labor while they had to start planting rice and cassava, a popular cash crop in the village since June.

The main achievement of the project over the last three month was the success in opening a Community Shop. The community shop was built and operated in mid-August. Now our 6 farmers and other farmers in the village could bring their products to sell in this shop. They shared with each other small space in the shop and sell different products such as vegetables, chicken, porridge, meat ball, fried banana chip and groceries. Three villagers volunteered to be the shop committees and help facilitate the operation.

Channry, 27, from an indigenous Bunong tribe in Andong Kraleung village has joint as a shop committee member. She said “I am very happy for starting my first business in this shop where I brought my vegetables and chickens to sell to other villagers and travelers. My family’s members are now very busy with our shared responsibilities to produce things to sell. In the beggining, I was so worried but now my business is going very well. In September alone I earned about 250 USD, of which 20% is the net profit. My next plan is to increase our farming activities so that I will earn more. I am not worried about where to sell the products anymore. The shop is close to my house and it is very convenient and open to everyone who have the products to sell.”

The community in Andong Kraleung would like to express deep thanks to the project donors especially Christina and Will for supporting them to have additional occupations, income and improvement in the village. Your next donation is needed to expand the shop space and support some villagers who lack start-up capital to start their businesses too. Thank you.

Channry at Community Shop under construction
Channry at Community Shop under construction
Community shop ready to operate
Community shop ready to operate
Villagers gathered at the shop
Villagers gathered at the shop
Vegetable farm of Channry
Vegetable farm of Channry
Chicken farm of Channry
Chicken farm of Channry

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Jul 7, 2015

Farm businesses for Gibbon Watching Ecotourism

Gibbons in Seima Protected Forest
Gibbons in Seima Protected Forest

In the last quarter, CRDT’s project on globalgiving has focused on completing additional activities of farm businesses (vegetable growing and chicken raising) thanks to a wedding donation from Christina and Will. These activities have been implemented by the CRDT livelihood project team in Mondulkiri Province.

In early May, six families from Andong Kraloeung village who were willing to run their farming business to supply to the Gibbon Watching Ecotourism Project were selected. In June, the project team provided four training courses to the six families and other villagers who were interested in learning the techniques. Four courses on (1) Techniques for chicken raising, (2) Techniques for vegetable growing, (3) Making master feed for chicken, (4) Making ecological compost and pesticide to a total of 39 villagers.

“I am very happy with the support on improving my farming activities. The presence of tourists has made my village more crowded and some of us are able to generate income from this tourism activities. I myself can sell my vegetables and chickens and earn some money with which I will be no longer worried about family’s expenses and the study of my two kids. My next plan is to prepare my home-garden to be a model in the village.” said Mr. Ly Sitha, head of one of the six selected families.

So far, 3 out of the six families have produced their surplus vegetables of approximately 20 kgs/month including water grass, spinach, lettuce, cucumber, long bean, eggplant, gourds, and pumpkin top and sold them in the village at an average price of USD 1.25/kg. Four families have produced a surplus chicken of around 12 kgs/month and sold at a price of USD 6.25/kg. All of the products were sold not only to the Ecotourism project but also to households in the village. The other families are going to harvest their products in the next few months.

The income generated by the Gibbon Watching project plays a significant role in improving the local economy and in the conservation of Gibbons in the Seima Protected Forest. A tourist pays USD 200 per day for their package tour and the this payment was redistributed to villagers who provided services as tour guides, housekeepers and cooks and the rest was used to support village patrolling activities and ceremonies. In the two months of May and June, 51 international tourists visited the sites and each year the number of tourists is increasing since 2012.

For the next quarter, the project team will continue to follow up and coach the six families on the techniques they have learnt. At the same time, the project team will work with the local authority and villagers in Andong Kraloeung to open a community shop where everyone in the village can bring their agricultural products to sell to one another and to travelers. Stay tuned!

The idea of the community shop needs “Collection &Sale Committee” to be formed to run it. This needs monetary support. Could you help us to raise USD 2,048 to fulfil this activity? Here is the link to our donation domain https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/sustainable-lives-for-375-women-in-rural-cambodia/

 Thank you in advance for your support.

Shooting yellow snake during trekking
Shooting yellow snake during trekking
Camp tent for tourists
Camp tent for tourists
Food preparation for tourist by the Gibbon Project
Food preparation for tourist by the Gibbon Project
Mr. Ly Sytha, one of the selected six families
Mr. Ly Sytha, one of the selected six families
CRDT staff coaching farmer on vegetable growing
CRDT staff coaching farmer on vegetable growing

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Apr 8, 2015

Thanks for Making It a Quarter of Impressive Succe

Reparing work with user households
Reparing work with user households

Over the last three months, our project has been progressing impressively in both activities and fundraising.

We have successfully fixed the 8 damaged bio-digesters in Koh Preah by replacing the broken spare parts (lamp, gas meter, pipe, and digester) and coached the users in the correct usage and maintenance of the systems. The activities were conducted from 20 to 23 January with active involvement of the households. To promote the sense of ownership, the user households volunteered to contribute USD 300 to the total repair costs of USD 650.

“Now I can use my bio-digester again” said Mr. Voeun a villager. “I would like to thank CRDT and GlobalGiving donors for fixing the systems for me and my neighbors. With the coaching, I realized that the ways I used the system were not correct. However, before no one in this village was sure about the problems of low flam gas and the system failures we encountered. We just listened to people who passed by our village and followed their comments, but they were no experts in this system. With those false comments from time to time, we went completely wrong and the systems were no longer usable.”

February was also a fabulous month for our project fundraising thanks to a couple who got married and decided to donate their gifts in a financial donation to CRDT. Christina and Will from Australia, received USD 5 000 as gifts from their friends and relatives for their wedding. But they decided to donate all to CRDT after visiting our project site two years ago. They were deeply sympathetic to the indigenous people and nature in Mondulkiri Province which need supports on their livelihood improvement and conservation.

In the next two quarters, we will spend the money raised from their wedding to fulfil the couple’s dream. CRDT will support six families in Andong Kraloeung village to run the farm businesses on chicken raising and vegetable growing to supply the food demand of tourists in Gibbon Ecotourism Project. The team will provide training, coaching and follow up the six families to ensure that their businesses run successfully. Upon their success, 5% of their generated income will be contributed to the protection of Seima forest through village patrolling team. Thank you so much Christina and Will for such a wonderful gift, there are no words to express ours and our beneficiaries’ gratitude.

However, to fully fund the current project, we still need to raise USD 2, 213. Could you please help us by donating now to https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/sustainable-lives-for-375-women-in-rural-cambodia/. We deeply thank you in advance. Happy Khmer New Year (13-15 April) from Cambodia and all of us at CRDT.

Biogas lamp spare parts
Biogas lamp spare parts
Coaching user how to set the lamp up
Coaching user how to set the lamp up
The lamp was fixed successfully
The lamp was fixed successfully
The new stove installed
The new stove installed
Villagers catch fish from the river for their food
Villagers catch fish from the river for their food

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