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Livelihoods

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Chhundy (Cambodia) with her winter melon. Photo: CWS

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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

Rice Banks: An Invaluable Resource for Many Rural Cambodians

CWS Cambodia | November 28, 2018

Proeung Moeuk, who is 17, lives with his four siblings, who are 21, 14, 12 and 7, in Boeng Popoul village in Battambang province of western Cambodia. Tragically, they are orphans because their parents both died of illnesses in 2014 and 2016. While his two younger sisters and brother attend primary school, Moeuk quit school […]

New Ideas and Farming Practices Take Hold in Timor-Leste

CWS Timor-Leste | November 27, 2018

About 35 kilometers from Dili, Timor-Leste, up a winding dirt road lined with banana trees, lives a uniquely blonde-haired 5-year-old girl, Beatrice who enjoys playing with her older siblings and cousins, and following her mother around the house, “helping” her mom with chores. Juliana da Silva Gonçalves, Beatrice’s mother, is a fairly typical Lebucaileti village […]

Alongside Her Vegetables, Chreb’s Success, and Family, Grow!

CWS Cambodia |

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 […]

Everything Is Changing Now

CWS Indonesia |

Zet Timaubas is a 41 -year-old farmer in Meobesi hamlet who lives with his wife, Safira Kase, who is 39, and their four children: Frederik, who is 17; Maria, who is 14; Martha, who is 10 and, last but not least, Yosina Timaubas, whose first birthday the family recently celebrated. Like many others in his […]

Dreams of a Better Future Start to Come True

CWS Indonesia | November 26, 2018

In Burasia village in South Sulawesi, Indonesia, dreams are becoming reality by empowering women to form savings and loans groups that, in turn, create opportunities for them to improve their lives and those of their families. One group created as part of the perfectly named DREAM project that CWS coordinates is the 20-member Mawar group, […]

More Food for the Family … To Start

CWS Timor-Leste | October 23, 2018

Arcanjo Nunes lives in Lebucailite hamlet (aldeia), which has just 45 families who are mostly poor subsistence farmers like Mr. Nunes and his wife, who grow vegetables to sell in the market to support themselves and their five children. Mr. Nunes also works as a wage laborer when there is work, so the family income […]

“I have learned a lot, and I am confident …”

CWS Cambodia | October 22, 2018

Youn Oeun, who is 41, lives with his wife Chhoun Dieb, 38, in Krous village in western Cambodia. They have seven children between the age of 18 and 3. Oeun is a construction worker and the family does not own any farm land; so, the whole family relies solely on Oeun’s daily wage of about […]

“My dream is that [my children] can attend university one day.”

CWS Timor-Leste | September 20, 2018

Zelia Pintu da Cruz lives in Maumeta village of Timor-Leste where, at age 32 she is mother to three children, ages 11, 5 and 4 years, and 6 months pregnant as well. She is a subsistence farmer and her husband is a motorcycle taxi driver who earns about $10 a month, which she supplements with […]

Promoting Better Lives … One Family at a Time

CWS Cambodia |

Tep Kosol is 49 and lives with her husband, Sin Choy, who is 66 and has been disabled and unable to work for about 10 years. They have four children between the ages of 24 and six; and, even with her eldest daughters’ help, when they left school to take jobs, Kosol has struggled to […]

One Successful Endeavor Leads to Another and Another for One Myanmar Mother

CWS Myanmar | August 21, 2018

Ma Than Dar is a 29-year-old mother with one daughter and, besides her full-time job being a mother and house keeper, she used to work as a day laborer outside her home village, Yae Le Gyi, in southwestern Myanmar’s Ayeyarwaddy region. U Thet Naing, her 35-year-old husband works as fisherman and, in the past, they […]

Hard Work, Creativity and Persistence Rewarded in One Indonesian Family, Who Inspire Us All

CWS Indonesia | August 20, 2018

Mada and Lazarus Selan and their two children live in Noemuke village on Timor island in far southeastern Indonesia. Like other families in their village, the Selansare farmers, laborers and micro-entrepreneurs who piece their livelihoods together in different ways depending on the farming seasons, which shape their lives. Lazarus harvests corn and vegetables: corn to […]

Testimony to CWS Commitment to Cambodia’s Rural Poor

CWS Cambodia |

Sok Yan, 46, lives with her husband, Or Sereivuth, 47, and four children ages 25, 16, 14 and 4 in Rung Roeung 3 village in northern Cambodia. When she met CWS team members in 2006, Yan earned a living by selling vegetables from her garden while Sereivuth was a welder, which did not pay a […]

Empowerment! One Woman’s Experience of Group Solidarity

CWS Indonesia | July 22, 2018

Yance Tefa is 36 and she is called Mama Yance by her neighbors and friends in Banli hamlet in remote southern West Timor. She lives with her husband, Semuel Leokuna, who is 38, and their four children, who are all school or preschool students aged four to 16. Mostpeople in Banli and others nearbyhamlets and […]

Crop Diversification for Better Family Diets … And to Cope with Climate Change

CWS Indonesia | June 21, 2018

Maxi Taneseb and Fince Yane Baifeto live in a small village in West Timor with their three children. Because of their poverty and ambition to live better, the family joined CWS in Timor Zero Hunger activities in January 2017. With CWS support, they started to improve the way they grew vegetables and raised chickens, and […]

Gratitude and Shared Pride After a Decade of Partnership

CWS Cambodia | June 20, 2018

Phan Oeun is now 46 and has been a CWS partner for more than a decade from her home in northern Cambodia, where she lives with her husband, You Ron, 52, and their two grown children who were middle school age when the family first met CWS. Now Ron is a Village Livestock Agent and […]

Now We Can Also Send Our Girls to School

CWS Cambodia |

Loy Koemsat is 42 and lives with his wife, Yong Chem, who is 40, and their two daughters in northwest Cambodia. Not too long ago Koemsat earned about 20,000 Riel ($5) a day for his labor when he could find work during planting and harvesting seasons and from collecting and selling crickets and grasshoppers in […]

Introduction: Connecting Small Communities To Humanity

Ryan Shanley | May 24, 2018

For my first assignment with Church World Service I was sent to West Timor, Indonesia to photograph their project, Timor Zero Hunger. TZH is a program implemented in various villages that helps community members achieve food security through sustainable farming practices and ultimately improves daily nutrition through vegetable growth and chicken raising. Achieving food security […]

All in the Family: Cambodia

CWS Cambodia | May 18, 2018

Proeung Touch is 61 years old and he lives with his much younger wife, Vann Chhorvy, who is only 45 years old, but unable to work outside their home because of a long-term illness, which costs the family a great deal of money for treatment besides. They have four children, ages eight to 21, and […]

All in the Family: Indonesia

CWS Indonesia | May 17, 2018

Yosber Sae and Esther Kikhau are a fortysomething couple who live in a remote hamlet in far southeastern Indonesia on the island of Timor. They have three children: Riski Rivan Sae, 18; Raiden Sae, 8 and Ririn January Sae, 4. Before joining CWS-organized Timor Zero Hunger activities a few years ago, the family was raising […]

Not Quite Rags to Riches, But Close Enough!

CWS Cambodia |

Bun Ven, who is 44, lives with his wife, Heng Samoeut, who is 39, and their daughter in Tuek Kraham village in northern Cambodia. These days Ven earns a good living by rice farming and raising chickens with his family, and by helping other poor farmers work hard to improve their lives. However, when he […]

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