Thim Chhai Hok is 39 years old. He is married with four children, aged between three and 14 years old
Thim Chhai is disabled, with only one arm.
The family live in Dob Makara village, in bos Khnor Commune, in Chamkar Loeud District, Kampong Cham. They are one of 637 families in the village, 55% of which are classed as "poor" and "poorest".
Thim Chhai and his wife grew soya beans and he also ran a small shop from his house, but this only made enough money to support the family for seven to eight months of the year. He tried growing cucumbers but the yield was too low.
In 2013 NAS selected Thim Chhai as a beneficiary of the TIGA II project - they provided kits and technical training in vegetable growing and fish farming.
Thim Chhai was also given a small loan of $85.5, with which he bought enough cucumber seed to plant up his two hectares of land. He hopes to harvest 70kg/day which he can sell for 900-1,200 Riel ($0.2-0.3)/kg.
He was also loaned $1,000 to purchase fish. He now harvests fish every day, which he sells for around 100,000-200,000 Reil ($25-50) per day. This is a profitable business so he is able to pay back the loan and interest as well as providing fish for his family.
“Fish farming is a good business and I am very happy with the result of my first try-out. I am very confident to re-start fish farming after this harvest”, said Mr. Thim Chhay Hok.
He hopes to make his cucumber business more profitable by expanding it to cover 25-30 acres and to include cabbages and salad crops. He is also growing Chi, which required an investment of $1,000 and returns 10,000 Riel ($2.5)/1kg.
Thim Chhay Hok said that “I and my wife always discuss together before making a decision doing something and we both are active in farming activities. Thanks to NAS we now have no problem with food shortage".