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 community development support to his village, Thearith received a $200 grant to expand his motorbike repair business; and, in time, he was able to gross as much as $25 a day. “Before I expanded my business I profited only $2.50 a day from a few clients. Now, after expanding my shop by having more spare parts, I have more work. Also, I used some profits to buy a second-hand machine for washing motorbikes and I earn an extra $5 a day from this. Now I net around $10 a day – after just a few months!” Also, when Sokha saw a new business chance, they used some more of their profits to open a small food stand in the repair shop: “My wife has started selling snacks and other small items because most of our clients ask to buy something while they are waiting for their motorcycle repairs to be finished,” said Thearith.
CWS support micro-business management group
CWS Cambodia | September 9, 2016