Rural communities need support to develop sustainable livelihoods resilient to climate change and natural disasters. The project in Cambodia is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).
Pig Poo People Power!
As the climate changes, people living in poverty are hurt first. Yet your help through ALWS, and our partner Life With Dignity (LWD) in Cambodia is finding creative solutions… like Pig Poo Power!
Nget Son says: “I am a farmer. We are growing vegetables like potatoes and cucumbers.
“This changing climate affects our livelihood. Some of our cucumbers have died. If the rains don’t come, we won’t have much money to support the children to go to school. I would have to go away to find work.
“If I don’t have money to buy food for the children’s breakfast I am very sad. My wife worries the children will die.
“With LWD support we sold two buffalo and were able to get a water pump. The pump has helped my farming because we can drink the water, use it for plants, and clean the pig and cow sheds.
“I am happy to have my own pump so I can have rice to eat for the family, and can look after the pigs.
“We are breeding pigs. We buy a female pig and then when the pig is pregnant we look after the piglets. We feed them and then give some piglets to the boar owner, plus pay some to the Agricultural Committee (AC) and then sell some at the market. The sow can have 10-12 piglets!”
Phoeurn, Nget Son’s wife says:
“We do not have electricity. We make bio-gas. We feed the animals, then we collect the manure every day – maybe 40kg! We mix it with water in a pit and then when the cover is on it makes gas. The gas is piped up to the house. When we turn the lever we can have gas for our light and stove.”
Together this farming family are building a better future:
“We have been supported by LWD in training about how to care for the pigs and how to plant and harvest vegetables. We also have a machine to help mash food for the pigs and hull rice. We got a loan for $500 to get this machine, and I hull rice for others to help pay the loan.
“Now my ability to earn money is better than before. As long as we get the rain. We also have chickens. Some chickens are for eating and some for selling. We do not have much money but we are happy.
“I dream for my children to get an education and good job. I don’t want them to live as a farmer like me because this is hard work. I want them to go to University and study English.”
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- 37 small business groups formed and 24 trained on finance, sales and marketing
- 466 people trained in financial management
- 3 market-places constructed
- 1,400 community members, 567 youth and 834 school children developed skills to be resilient to the impacts of disasters and climate change
- 1,254 families affected by disasters supported with emergency kits and financial support
- 561 farmers trained in climate-resilient techniques for vegetable and chicken production
- 451 farmers provided with material support including chickens, and netting
- 37 rainwater tanks installed
- 7 preschools constructed
- 3 village roads built to improve access
- 17 irrigation systems constructed
- 349 households provided with solar lanterns.
Supporting farmers in the diversification of market linkages and building confidence through good agriculture practice methods have resulted in increased yield and sustainable livelihood prospects.
A mid-term review in 2017 found:
“…through the Village Partnership Approach, there has been an emphasis by communities on the provision of reliable water supply.
“This demonstrates that there is an increasing awareness of how best to deal with the problem of lack of water which is a major burden for farmers, particularly when facing drought.
“The Village Partnership Approach sees the community taking the lead themselves via the Village Development Committee and has led to good cooperation within the community.”
Learnings from the review indicates that there is movement of people out of the villages and in the future, there needs to be education
around safe and unsafe migration and trafficking issues.
Through local level community engagement at scale, you have helped empower large sections of poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in rural Cambodia to improve their social and economic livelihoods.
Make a lasting impact on the life of a whole community in Cambodia by becoming a Village Partner!