Andoung Village is one of of poorest villages in Sou Sein Commune, Prey Chhor district, Kampong Cham province. The population is largely dependant on rice farming but this is seasonal and cannot support them all year round. There are 96 families in the village and 25 of these fall into the "poor" and "poorest" categories.
Chhim Sophy lives in Andoung Village with her husband, Sam Chhoeun, who is disabled and cannot work and their two daughters and a son. The family have a small area of land on which they grow rice, but it only provides food security for six to seven months of the year. In order to pay for food during the lean times, Chhim Sophy had to take out a loans, which she had to pay back every month at a high interest rate. The debt made life very difficult.
NAS supported 8 famillies in the village during 2013, including Chhim Sophy and her husband.
The NAS project provided capital for setting up and running a chicken farming business. Chhim Sophy was loaned 220,000 Riel ($55), which she added to her own money and with which she bought 100 chickens and some chicken feed.
NAS helped her with technical training and also provided villagers with information about basic health good practices and relationships with local authorities.
After three months Chhim Sophy sold her chickens at a profit. She re-invested in another 100 chickens and has also used some money to support her family. She now has plans to start fish farming during the wet season, once she has dug a breeding well.
She said “I am very grateful to this scheme. It has considerably improved my family's living conditions. We now have food security for a full year and no worries".
Chhin Sophy has also reccommended the project to her neighbour and shared some of her new skills. Other villagers are seeing how she was helped and are finding ways to address their own problems using the same model.