Len Kimlean is 49 and her husband Saing Phally is 55. With their two sons, who are 30 and 14, they live in a northern Cambodian village in Preah Vihear province. When CWS first met this family just two years ago, they were extremely poor farmers. Sometimes, they did not have enough food to eat, and the younger son could not attend school because the family could not pay the fees or afford his uniform. Because of her family’s poverty, Kimlean was invited to join others in Promoting Better Lives activities and to receive five hens and a rooster to jump start her efforts to overcome the family’s poverty.
Importantly, Kimlean learned how to raise the chickens properly so they would survive and thrive. And, she has been quite successful in using her new knowledge and her initiative to expand her brood to more than 200! Now, after two-plus years of gradual change and understanding of her own success, Kimlean says she is confident to contract another local merchant to sell between 33 and 44 pounds of chicken weekly for about $1.80 per pound. These days, since Kimlean first partnered with CWS by, she works at poultry raising so her young son can go to school and her older son, who has the challenge of being mute, has a way to add to the family’s wellbeing.
In 2018, Kimlean earned about 2.8 million Riel – so just under $2 a day – by selling her chickens. What a difference compared to days not so long ago when the family didn’t have enough to eat! Besides investing money back into her business and buying a few pigs, Kimlean’s son is now on track to complete high school and she has paid back a loan from the past. CWS is proud to partner with Kimlean and thousands of poor but proud and hardworking farmers, both women and men, across Cambodia and southeast Asia as we work together to live into our shared vision: “Enough for all”
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