Chum Khoeun, who is 55, live with his wife Neang Nim, 59, and their three children in Boeng Popoul village in Battambang province, western Cambodia. His family’s main income is from the rice they grow on their 3 hectare (7-acre) farm. However, the lack of water means the family can never plant and harvest enough rice to also meet their own needs for the whole year. In the past this meant family members worked as day laborers to earn enough income for rice and other food year-round. This changed in mid-2018 when Khoeun joined some of his neighbors, whose lives were quite vulnerable too, in CWS partner-led development activities that helped him change his family’s life.
With access to new information, technical training and peer group support for improved home gardening plus material assistance, including seeds and materials to set up a water-saving drip irrigation system, Khoeun has been to see short-term good result from his hard work and CWS help. Now, he can provide for his family better than in just six month ago. They have vegetables to eat and a surplus to sell. In the first four-month planting cycle, September to December, Khoen harvested vegetables twice and earned almost $500, which he used to buy new seeds for a new planting cycle and to buy rice and other staples to help his family enjoy a much better diet without any food shortages as in past years. Talking with some CWS partner staff recently, Khoeun shared this, “I am so happy for the opportunity to have joined these activities. I have new knowledge and practical experience to grow vegetables safely; and, with my producer group support, I believe I can grow even more vegetables to sell in the future.”
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