Sou Yei is 50 years old and only has use of one leg. She lives Pra Boeung, a village in Sdeing Chey Commune, Chheung Prey District, Kampong Cham Province.
Of the 1567 families in the village, the majority are classified as "poor" and "poorest". Most of them grow rice and some of them supplement this with work. Average earnings are 8,000 Riel ($2) to 10,000 Riel ($2.5) per day.
Sou Yei is married, with 12 and 4 year old daughters and a 10 year old son. Three further children passed away some years ago.
Sou Yei and her husband both work because they have no access to farming land, but they are only able to only earn enough to ensure that the family has food for seven to eight months of the year. During the lean times, Sou Yei had to take high interest loans to support her family, which put them into debt.
In 2013 NAS conducted a selection process in the village and Sou Yei was approved for support.
She was able to buy two pigs, which cost 280,000 Riel (70$). She collected food for the pigs from the villagers and also bought some from the market, paying 102,000 Riel over three months. She sold one of the pigs, which had reached 52 kg, and made 448,000 riel, leaving a profit of 66,000 reil ($16.5). She kept the other pig for breeding and invested the money she had made in more pigs.
Sou Yei said "I am very grateful for the support of this project. My family now have much better living conditions than before".
She intends to use the money from the sale of her piglets in order to construct a new house, and will also re-invest in the business so that it is sustainable in the long term. She has been learning about chicken and duck farming so that she can diversify in the future, and also has been passing knowledge to her friends.