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With your help, more than 330 wells are providing safe water, more than 3,000 students are currently enrolled in Sustainable Cambodia schools, and nearly 24,000 Cambodians have been able to change their lives for the better. None of this would be happening without supporters like you!

In this edition of the Cambodia Update, you'll read about how one family in particular has been touched. We thank you all for your help with this work.

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Welcome to Her New Life!

Prum Sarem is a 56 year old widow living in Veal Leu Village, in Kravanh District in central Pursat Province. She lives with her 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls.

Before Prum Sarem was involved with Sustainable Cambodia, her family lived from hand to mouth in a small 1-room house. Although she had always tried hard to make a good living for her family, she found it very difficult, and sometimes impossible.

But in 2008, her life began to change. She joined a Sustainable Cambodia self-help group in her village, and life has improved every year for her and her family.

Members of her self-help group passed on animals to her through Sustainable Cambodia. She now has a cow, a pig and some chickens, and has passed on animals to others in the program. Her family now has use of a well, and has a bio-sand filter, and a latrine, all through the Clean Water Project. With training and counseling, she parlayed an agricultural micro-loan, agricultural tools and vegetable seeds into continuing cash crops, fruit trees, and a family fish pond.

Prum Saren was so successful with the self-help group, and proved herself to be so hard-working, generous and truthful, that the group chose her to be their leader.

Prum Sarem has worked hard for everyone in her self-help group and her community as a whole. Because of her good work and leadership, every member of the group is able to contribute money to their group savings account every month.

As self-help group member, she received substantial training in farming, animal husbandry, safe water and project management. And now, as a self-help group leader, she shares what she has learned from the trainings with everyone in her group and community.

With the knowledge and experience she has built, she has successfully passed on animals to other waiting families in her community, paid back all of her loans on time, and she regularly sells surplus crops at the local market.

When she was interviewed about her life now, she said, "My family has improved a lot. We are very happy that we have sufficient food to eat throughout the year. We can also make money from our gardening, animal raising, and agricultural products to support our daily life. We've also bought a proper home and a hectare of farm land for our family."

She continued, "I would like to express my greatest thanks for helping my family and everyone in my community with all these things, farming tools, seed, water, and especially the knowledge and skills. With your support, we are now very optimistic about the future of our family and community."


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