Progressing from Surviving to Thriving with CWS Support

CWS Cambodia | May 15, 2017

Sokhem is now growing vegetables year-round. Photo: CWS

Mr. Khan Sokhem is 42 years old and lives with his wife, Khun Chnnim, who is 37, and their four daughters, in Choam Ksant village, northern Cambodia. Three of the girls, who are 15, 13 and 7 attend school, while their 2-year-old sister is at home. Before becoming involved with CWS, Sokhem and his family grew vegetables once annually on their 1,5002-foot home plot (≈3/10th acre) because they did not have water for more than one planting. The family’s garden is an average size for Cambodia, and in past years they netted only ± $525 annually ($1.50/day) from vegetable sales to buy food, clothing and other essentials. In January 2016, however, Sokhem dug a deep well on his land and CWS supported him with materials to start irrigating his garden, including plastic piping, plus new vegetable seeds. Now he grows vegetables all year round and earns about five times as much annual income of which he saves half for a rainy day. Sokhem said, “I and the other families thank CWS for helping use this deep well to grow more vegetables and … improve our living conditions, which are much better than before”.

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