Chho Chreb is 24 and she lives with her husband Ros Pum, who is 32, and their five-year-old son in Sangkum Thmei village of Preah Vihear province, in northern Cambodia. Chreb and Pum are farmers who own just once hectare (100 square meters) of land on which they used to grow rice, mostly, which yielded “just enough” for them to eat. In 2016, because of her small family’s precarious food situation, especially for the little boy, Chreb was suggested by Sangkum Thmei leaders to joined CWS in our work to promote better lives. To start, she received seeds and gardening tools so she and Pum could immediately use what she had learned about varied vegetable growing adapted to climate change.
Relatively soon after joining others in the village in working to improve their lives and livelihoods, with CWS technical and material support, and continuous encouragement, the young couple is a real success story – one of thousands CWS has shared during many decades in Cambodia. They are a great example to their neighbors, too!
By growing kale, cucumber, long beans, eggplant, morning glory, climbing wattle, amaranth, chili and basil, Chreb says proudly that now the family have enough of their own vegetables that there is no need to buy them from others. Even better, they now sell their surplus to earn about $375 per harvest, some of which they use to buy other food, and of which they save. Chreb said that “I am so thankful to CWS for your support. Now that I have new knowledge and skills for better vegetable growing, I have my own vegetable to eat and sell. Now our family earns income from selling our surplus produce, and we even have some savings for emergencies now.” Though it is not quite an emergency, Chreb tells us, “I have saved $500, which I will use for my second child’s safe delivery in December. And, I do not worry about the birth because I have my saving to pay for quality care and a skilled delivery. Thanks again for helping me improve my family’s diet and our income.” After the new baby is born, and savings rebuilt, Chreb tells us that she and her husband plan to double the size of their garden to produce, and earn, even more.
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