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Food for Life in Kratie, Cambodia

Three years ago, Pha, her husband, Mai and their 11-year-old daughter, Lin had nowhere to live after migrating from a southern province of Cambodia. They were unstable, desperate and at high risk of human trafficking. Pha and Mai worked as labourers, offering their services to anyone who would pay them.

A member of their village allowed the family of three to live with them until Pha and Mai had saved enough money to buy a piece of land, build a one-room home and buy a piglet.

When Samaritan’s Purse staff met Pha and her family, they helped clear the land, and provided the family with a chicken coop, a pigpen and a second piglet, a mushroom garden and a well.

Access to clean water had been very difficult for the family. Pha had to walk 30 minutes to the nearest village and wait for the water from a tap to trickle into her 30-litre bucket before carrying it home. Because it took so long to collect the water, the family only used it for cooking and drinking, not for washing their clothes or themselves. Since receiving the well, they can now wash their clothes and even shower!

The family’s two chickens multiplied and grew to 85. The second piglet grew and gave birth to ten more piglets! Pha now sells chickens and mushrooms and sold seven of the piglets. The family now has such a stable income they’ve been able to quit their jobs as labourers and focus solely on their income from farming.

Pha couldn’t stop smiling as she told us, “I don’t have to work as a labourer anymore! I’ve become my own person with a business and income. I can relax because my plants are all planted and my income is stable. My daughter never went to school but now she’s in Year 3! Thank you, Samaritan’s Purse, I’m just so happy to have received this program; it has helped us so much.”

Samaritan’s Purse is now helping other families in the community to start income-generating livelihoods from farming animals and agriculture. This is how we empower people to work their way out of poverty.