We have worked in Cambodia for more than 40 years, teaming up with some of the nation’s poorest families to fight hunger and poverty.
Through CWS programs, families are finding new ways to earn an income. They are raising chickens, growing mushrooms, selling snacks, and more. They are forming and joining savings groups, where neighbors pool their resources. Members can get low-interest loans to start or expand businesses. Along the same lines, communities are starting and using rice banks to lend rice to members to plant or when times are tough.
Water, sanitation and hygiene - known as WASH - are priorities in our programs. We help families and communities build sanitary bathrooms for houses, schools and health centers. We also help share information about good hygiene practices so people can protect their health.
Our goal is to support all Cambodians as they work to end hunger and poverty in their country.
Chan Sok’s Pig Business Brings her Hope and a New Life
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, many Cambodians who relied on wage labor to earn an income were left with few options. Chan Sok and her family were one of the families who faced this challenge. Since the family did not own any farmland, Sok’s children worked as wage laborers in Thailand while her husband worked hard to sell his labor …
Growing and Adapting: Nhy Expands Her Vegetable Production
In the Ta Taok village of Western Cambodia, Hak Nhy and her husband Kim Dorn devote their time to their farm where they harvest corn and rice. The couple is in their late sixties and lives off of the crops they yield from their farm. Unfortunately, due to challenges ranging from climate change to the pandemic, the couple has struggled …
A motorbike repair business means new hope for Oy
“Living in poverty was already hopeless, but life got harder when I lost my leg in a landmine accident,” Ouk Oy says. The 64-year-old father of four adult children lives with his wife, Sreng Kong, in western Cambodia. Oy and Kong rely on Kong’s income as a seasonal wage laborer in order to make ends meet. She could earn about …