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Chhundy (Cambodia) with her winter melon. Photo: CWS


Oyster mushrooms in Cambodia program. Photo: CWS

Chheu Teal Korng village:.Remarkable how much CWS has accomplished here in less than a.year, because they are working with such a willing and committed local committee. CWS is also supporting micro loans and training for fish, produce and.mushroom farming.

Chheu Teal Korng village:.Remarkable how much CWS has accomplished here in less than a.year, because they are working with such a willing and committed local committee. CWS is also supporting micro loans and training for fish, produce and.mushroom farming. Photo: CWS

CWS believes in the ability of communities to work together to realize local development and sustainable livelihoods. By combining the right resources and knowledge with intentional grassroots ownership, we empower communities to decide their own futures and create more choices for themselves and their children.

The long-term sustainability of projects rests with the people – and especially with women. Therefore, livelihood projects are designed and implemented with as much focus on participatory training and empowerment as on distributions and tools. CWS aims to help communities tap into the resources they already have and build upon the knowledge and capacities that already exist.

Countries: Cambodia and Indonesia

Latest News

Confidence and Others’ Trust Put Tun In the Running

CWS Cambodia | April 10, 2017

Mrs. Loeng Tun, who is 32, lives with her husband Eam Ae, 37, who is a rice farmer and their 6-year-old daughter in Kampong Pon village in central Cambodia. Since 2014 Tun has joined in CWS community development activities, including a saving group, community health promotion activities and mushroom and vegetable growing; and she has […]

Doing Better, with CWS Support, the Second Time Around

CWS Cambodia | April 6, 2017

Loy Koemsat is 40 years old and lives with his wife, Yong Chem, and two daughters in Kouk Kduoch village in northwest Cambodia. Koemsat earns about $5 a day as a laborer and from selling insects, such crickets and grasshoppers, which he collects in the forest. Wanting to improve his family’s life, and to learn […]

Cambodian Self-Help Groups Remain Strong After CWS Active Support Ends

CWS Cambodia | March 17, 2017

Ms. Koeun Leang, who is 28, lives in Sen Rung Roeung village in northern Cambodia with her husband, Chhin Tab, who is 29 and a farmer who also works as a wage laborer. They have three children ages four to nine, and the two older ones attend the village school. Leang is a Village Health […]

Lyka Expands His Business with CWS Technical Support

CWS Cambodia | December 2, 2016

Young Lykha, 33, lives with his wife and child in Sra Aem Khang Chheung village in Preah Vihear province, northern Cambodia. Lykha earns a small income by rice farming and raising pigs with his family. When he was selected to be a Village Livestock Agent in 2005, Lykha gained knowledge and skills about best practice […]

Wise Planning Extends CWS Partnership For the Tefu Family in West Timor

CWS Indonesia | November 14, 2016

Simri Tefu and his wife Yetri are in their early twenties, and their son, Bento, is three. They live in Enonabuasa village on the western side of Timor island. Most families in this remote and impoverished village, which is at the farthest end of the Indonesian archipelago, are subsistence farmers. Many young children here suffer […]

Rice banks: ending hunger many grains at a time!

CWS Cambodia | November 8, 2016

Imagine, for a moment, that you are a poor farmer in rural Cambodia. You and your husband or wife are trying to make ends meet and take care of your young children. There are only 65 or so families in your community. Most are in the same situation you are – trying to get by […]

Seeds, tools, training and initiative: a recipe for success!

CWS Cambodia | October 11, 2016

Chann Sim, who is 61, lives with his wife Ek Mon, who is 55, and their three children in Choam Ksant village in northern Cambodia. Sim owns one-third acre of land for the family’s house and home gardening and another 2.5 acres where Sim plans rice once each year, which is all that’s possible because […]

CWS support micro-business management group

CWS Cambodia | September 9, 2016

Seang Thearith is 24 and lives with his wife, Phat Sokha, and their two children in Tmat Paeuy village in northern Cambodia. When Thearith was introduced to CWS along with other people in Tmat Paeuy, he was encouraged to join the micro-business management group while Sokha joined the savings group. As part of CWS integrated […]

Home-based fish, chicken-raising and diversified gardening

CWS Cambodia | August 9, 2016

Ms. Khem Yoeun is a 61 -year-old widow with two teenage children who lives in Robonh village in northern Cambodia. When Yoeun was introduced to CWS as someone who could improve her life with our support, she was encouraged to join others from her village to learn about home-based fish- and chicken-raising and diversified gardening. […]

Collecting local seeds for reuse

CWS Cambodia | May 22, 2016

Recently, a dozen farmers in Kampong Thom and Preah Vihear provinces in central and northern Cambodia joined a four-day CWS-hosted workshop about climate resilient agriculture linked to markets, where they learned new techniques for growing organic vegetables, making organic fertilizer and pesticides, and identifying markets to help determine best selling prices. In group discussions participants […]

Workshop about diversified, valuable vegetable growing

CWS Cambodia | January 22, 2016

In Rung Roeung village in Northwest Cambodia Mrs. Koeun Leang is a Village Development Committee member who has realized a simple way to encourage people to increase their income and improve their lives – by bravely setting herself as example for others! In November 2015, after joining a CWS-sponsored workshop about diversified, valuable vegetable growing, […]

Cash saving for families

CWS Cambodia | January 21, 2016

When families in the central Cambodian village of Rung village need cash, there are money lenders and even local microfinance institutions to approach. But most people dislike both options because loan terms are quite onerous, and people feel it is too risky to use their scarce assets, such as cow or small plot of land, […]

Workshop to learn about oyster mushroom growing

CWS Cambodia | January 20, 2016

In past years, after each rice harvest in her central Cambodia village of Prey Roleap, Mrs. Yuk Vy has joined her husband as a wage laborer in nearby villages to do her part to help support the family. This meant leaving her children in her neighbor’s care and also coming home very tired at the […]

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