River boats help businesses reach villages.
Thank you for stepping up and answering the call to help the people of Lietnhom who are suffering in the wake of war and living in extreme poverty.
With almost no infrastructure in this region, helping people earn income to feed their families is a vital step in improving their lives. Together, we’re providing these opportunities, as well as teaching people to save some of their earnings for things like school fees through village banking and savings groups.
One of those we’ve helped with a small business loan is Bol Mayom. When we met Bol, he was selling salt under a tree in Lietnhom. As you can imagine, this didn’t provide nearly enough income to survive. With the support of World Concern, Bol now sells a variety of products he gets from Wau, the nearest town. He’s even earning enough to employ a young man who is also benefitting from the business.
“When I got the loan and business training, I realized I have the opportunity to expand my business by purchasing more products, thereby increasing the number of my customers,” said Bol, who proudly displays his products in the shop he constructed.
The rainy season often brings flooding rivers and cuts off access to other villages. It’s also the inspiration behind a flourishing business in Lietnhom—the River Jur Cooperative Society. The only co-op of its kind in the area, the group of entrepreneurs provides transportation by motor boat to help farmers transport tools and equipment and enable fishermen to catch fish to sell in the market.
Recently, they expanded their business to help deliver food to these inaccessible communities—providing a vital service to people in need.
“This is a busy time for me as many passengers and products are being transported to and from these communities,” said Anei Manut, a boat operator for the cooperative. “We charge people fairly just to cover fuel and to earn a little profit so many people can afford this asset to the community.”
Through training and education, you’re helping provide opportunities like this for people in Lietnhom, and in doing so, bringing hope for a better future. We'll be posting regular updates on how you’re helping transform lives in this village, so stay tuned.