Miss Saveoun and her chicken raising activity
Miss. Den Saveoun is the Extension Worker and secretary of a CBO from CRDT in Koh Phnov village, Stung Treng Province. She lives with her 9 family members on an island in Ramsar Site along the Mekong River.
In 2009, she was working with CEDAC project on chicken raising. During that time she managed to have a lot of chickens and in 2010 she could sell 110 chickens and earn around 275.00$. Unfortunately by the end of 2010 all her 225 chickens turned out to have diseases and they all died. Ms Saveoun was so upset by this event that she stopped all her raising activities.
In May 2011 CRDT started working on the Ramsar site and set up meetings to talk about its raising activities to the locals in Koh Phnov village. After this Ms. Saveoun started thinking about maybe conducting chicken raising activities again, especially after the project team visited her house and gave her more explanations. She also received trainings on sustainable livelihood activities and the project team always came to follow up with her. She then also invested herself in the management committee from the CBO and became an extension worker (a person who will after the end of the project be able to keep teaching to the other villagers the new techniques of agriculture and animal raising).
She started working again with chicken activities. In order to be able to do it, she completed a small business plan and received a $250 grant from our donor WWF to develop her activity. She could then build a chicken house and chicken pen. She now has around 75 chickens and 100 chicks that are 1-2 months old, and she sold 26 chickens already from which she earned $97.50.
Since then she has been happily working and meeting with the project team and CRDT is always glad to work with her helping her improve her capacities and the sustainability of both the CBO and her animal raising activity.
By Ngeth Senglay, Project Manager in Stung Treng