Ms. Yem Thon in her vegetable garden
During the report period, the progresses focused on activities, problems, solutions, and achievements including chicken and pig raisings, vegetable growing, and saving component of Self Help Groups in eight villages, Damrey Pong commune, Chhaung district, Kratie province, Cambodia.
Activities and achievements
There was no restructure for new groups in other villages to become Self Help Group as most group members had no available time to join the meetings.
Chicken production in all groups of the eight villages was quite the same. Beneficiaries ate more chickens than sold them. On average they ate three chickens (about 4.5 kg of meat) per household per month. In Kroach village, no chicken fence made from cassava stem was constructed as most stems were damaged by the rain. However, one beneficiary has completed his chicken fence made from cassava in Pre Kor village.
Currently the pig production of the SHG in Kroach village isn’t going quite well as the price of the pig meat is low on the local market and beneficiaries have difficulties to collect water from water sources which are far away from the village in the dry season. As a result four members (out of 10) sold their pigs. They then, considered improving chicken production as the chicken price is better as well as using less amount of water.
Vegetable production was quite similar within all villages where beneficiaries grew vegetable for eating more than selling. They grew four to five diversified vegetable varieties within an average 5mX10m land size. A widow grandmother, Yem Thon, 76 years old is living with her three grandchildren in Prey Kor village, they consumed 0.5 kg of vegetable per day. Moreover, she earned about 20,000 riels ($5) per month from selling vegetable.
Saving components of groups in Kroach, Sre Treak, and Brahout villages have improved compared to groups in other five villages in terms of borrowing and paying loan back to the groups. Groups’ members in Kroach, Sre Treak, and Brahout villages were 20, 40, and 26 respectively. Till now the total amount of money gathered of the groups in Kroach, Sre Treak, and Brahout villages has reached the amount of 815,000 Riels ($204), 4,470,300 Riels ($1,117), 1,700,000 Riels ($425) respectively. And the total amount of money borrowed by groups’ members was 647,000 Riels ($161,75), 3,113,600 Riels ($778,40), and 700,000 Riels ($175) respectively. Groups’ members have mainly lent money for rice, cash crop, and livestock productions and sometimes on health care.
The self help group gathers for a meeting