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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

The Initial Support From CWS Was Turned Into a Whole Host Of Improvements To a Family’s Daily Life.

CWS Cambodia | March 17, 2018

In 2014, as part of CWS work to help poor rural families in Cambodia improve their lives and livelihoods, Nen Aem received a rooster and four hens from CWS, which she kept healthy and productive. The next year she received vegetable seeds too, and with her hard work, ingenuity and perseverance – and thanks to […]

Farmer Groups Support Women’s Empowerment

CWS Indonesia | February 17, 2018

As part of the Timor Zero Hunger project and with help from local extension workers from their district Department of Agriculture and Food Security, 12 women from Eonfetnai hamlet of Enonabuasa village got together recently to form the Tunas Muda women farmers group. “What motivated us to establish this group was a desire to be […]

Meeting Sokhean … Seven Years On

CWS Cambodia |

CWS household partner, Veth Sokhean, is one of a surprisingly high 65% of women who run Cambodian businesses – many small and informal. She lives in Choam Ksant village in northern Cambodian with her husband Lum Loep, 33, and their three sons ages 13, 9 and 4. Loep is a wage laborer with low income […]

All in the Family

CWS Cambodia | December 19, 2017

In early 2017 the CWS team in Cambodia wrote about a girl named Chrang and her mother, Hong Khoeun who, with CWS support started a grocery shop back in 2012 when CWS was working with poor families in Kam Prak village in northern Cambodia to support them in reaching their social and economic goals as […]

Small Change Changes Lives!

CWS Indonesia | December 18, 2017

Selfiana Seu is a farmer and a Village Health Post volunteer, living with her husband, Philipus Boimau and their three children in Nekmese hamlet in West Timor. Selfiana sells her vegetable harvest weekly in a nearby village market and she also has a small business selling about 20 liters of bottled gasoline each day from […]

Getting by Better with a Little Help from My Friends

CWS Cambodia |

Charn Sour, 42, knows firsthand how socially isolating poverty can be. Sour and her husband, Chey Cham, 53, live in Ang Tboung village in western Cambodia. They have six children; her youngest sons attend primary school while her older sons work in two hours away from home. Sour’s two daughters are married with families of […]

Solidarity for Savings and Success

CWS Cambodia | October 18, 2017

In northern Cambodian, where CWS team members support our Promoting Better Lives project, a group of women have been meeting monthly for several years now to review and discuss their shared savings through Robonh Samaki, or Robonh (village) Solidarity, which is one of 49 similar groups that CWS supports. And, when families in the village […]

One Small Part of the “Zero Hunger” Equation

CWS Indonesia | October 16, 2017

Abdonia Liufeto is a young farmer in Saenam village in West Timor; she and her husband, Absadon Tefa have a daughter, Anisa, who is almost two years old. Saenam, like villages in this remote part of eastern Indonesia, is perennial prone to polar opposite natural disasters: drought and floods. And, access to clean water is […]

Water Matters

CWS Indonesia | September 13, 2017

The 30 families in Eonfetnai hamlet in West Timor, Indonesia live, like many other villagers in the area, is a drought prone area. Until 2013, the hamlet had only one water source – an unprotected spring that, when it filled up, was contaminated by dirt, falling leaves and animal droppings. In the dry season, there […]

Partners for Life and Better Living

CWS Cambodia | August 18, 2017

Hong Khoeun, age 55, and her husband Sim Kheang, age 60, live in Kam Prak village in northern Cambodia. They have a daughter Chrang in Grade 7 at a secondary school in a village that is about 20 kilometers from them, where she lives in a dormitory during the school week. In 2012, CWS began […]

Vegetable Variety for Better Wellbeing and Stronger Livelihoods in West Timor

CWS Indonesia | August 1, 2017

Marselina Toa Uran and Paulus Baifeto are farmers in Noemuke in West Timor. Like countless villages across the region, Noemuke is prone to drought and, as a result, high has levels of food insecurity – meaning extended time periods when the family does not have enough food, never mind nutritious food, to eat. This is […]

I never expected this opportunity in my life … to have skills and … choices

CWS Cambodia | June 13, 2017

Choeun Seam and his wife Ra Aei are both thirty something, and their sons are 3- and 8-years old. Now the family lives in Rung village in central Cambodia but, before, when Choeun worked as a daily wage laborer they moved around to different communities to find work to earn a subsistence living. In addition […]

A Farmer Group Plans For Expansion Using Collective Savings

CWS Indonesia | June 12, 2017

Daniel Liunokas heads the year-old, 14-member Fetomone farmers group in Enonabuasa village in West Timor, Indonesia. The group formed itself as part of the Timor Zero Hunger initiative, which CWS supports to help subsistence farm families on remote southwest Timor island have more, and more nutritious, food and better lives in general. “With support from […]

Promoting Better Lives in Rural Cambodia: Better Lives Indeed for Touch and His Family

CWS Cambodia |

Touch Oeun, 41, lives with his wife Kun Pich, 37, and their 9-year-old son in Rung Chrey village in western Cambodia. Also staying with the family are the 3- and 7-year-old daughters of Touch’s niece because she has migrated to the Thai border for work. The two older children go to the local school. The […]

Progressing from Surviving to Thriving with CWS Support

CWS Cambodia | May 15, 2017

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 […]

Another West Timor Family Moves To a Healthier Diet and Toward a Better Life

CWS Indonesia | May 13, 2017

Orance Nenoliu lives with her husband Yakobus Tualaka and their two children in Saenam village, West Timor. With support from CWS, 33-year-old Orance is learning about home gardening and raising chickens so she and her family have more food and a more diverse diet for better health. Along with others in her village, Orance has […]

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 […]

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