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's family
Rainwater storage provided by CRDT to Sophoeun
Flooded rice field
Road damaged by the floods