NAS worked in Krouch village to supporti livelihood activities such as rice banks, rice production, vegetable production, small business management, duck raising, chicken raising, fish raising and home gardening. Villagers were taught to form groups in order to save money and rice.
Mrs. Sang Neoun realised the importance of the group in developing the village, so she saved the money, paid the fee, and joined the group, so participating in all of the training and discussions available.
Eventually the group needed a leader and this was decided by vote. Mrs. Seang Nuen was encouraged to stand and motivated to gelp the poor of the village, so she did so, and was elected.
During her leadership Mrs Sang Neoun had challenges with the attitude of the people towards a female leader. They thought “women can’t do any thing”.
So NAS held meetings, forums and workshops to tackle this and she is now respected as the group leader.
Mrs Sang Neoun conducts a monthly meeting where villagers share their expertise and experiences. This increases their knowledge about community development, small grant management, group management, small business management, community by law,home gardening, integrated farming systems, fish duck and chicken raising etc.
The villagers are putting their learnings into practise and the women of the village are empowered to take part and raise their opinions.