Empower HIV+ Women in Cambodia to Start a Business

by Salvation Centre Cambodia
Jan 12, 2012

A New Road Out of Poverty

S'rei Mom showcases the work of SCC students

Salvation Centre Cambodia continues to be amazed at the generosity of individuals like you. Your donations have enabled us to continue to provide vocational training  and interest free microloans to the poorest of the poor, many of whom are women with HIV/AIDS. 

Yup S’rei Mom is just one of those women who receives support from Salvation Centre Cambodia. Yup S’rei Mom is 22 years old and lives in a rural village near Battambang with her elderly parents, her brother and her sister. Mom was lucky enough to have reached grade 12 in school, however, because so much of her home time was dedicated to caring for her frail mother and father, she did not have enough time to study and subsequently failed her final year exams. Because of her exam results and her family’s low income of only $5.50 per day, there was no way her education could continue any further.

Instead Mom went to live and work with neighbours in her community in the city of Poipet, at the border of Thailand. Rather than receiving pay, she was given servings of rice and accommodations in return for making alterations to clothes produced in Poipet. Feeling isolated from her family and with no prospects to a better future, Mom was in a vulnerable situation.

After being informed by a friend that there was a vacant position in the sewing class at Salvation Centre Cambodia, she embraced the opportunity. After nearly a year of training, Mom is headed for a brighter future; a future that will enable her to support herself and her family. The ability to create her own clothing and accessories has given Mom a new sense of pride and self esteem. She is able to share her experiences and teach others in her village, creating a ripple effect of skilled local talent.

Mom’s dream is to work with all styles of clothing so that she will be able to open her own shop and contribute to supporting her family.

To all Global Giving donors, Mom says “Thank you so much for supporting poor families like mine. Now I can learn sewing skills and have fun at the same time with my new friends. But please continue to donate money to SCC. Sometimes material and equipment is damaged or is of a poor quality and we cannot use it. We need money to pay for repairs or to buy new and better quality materials. I wish good blessings, good luck and good fortune for you and your families. Thank you again”.


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Salvation Centre Cambodia

Location: Phnom Penh - Cambodia
Website: http:/​/​www.scc.org.kh/​
Project Leader:
Kristy Becerra
Battambang, Cambodia

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