The Potential of Vegetables for a Poor Family
Mrs. Ngers Chreb is a woman living in Andong Kraleng village who used to be workless when the rice/cassava farming season was over, she has 2 children and an old husband, so she has the responsibility of supporting her family. As a result, her family had only a minimum income before starting to be involved with CRDT’s project in 2012. But since November 2012, she has been a member of the Bonle Beitong Group at Andong Kraleng village.
Nowadays, she always receives advises from the groups’ chief and the project team on how to be a strong vegetable grower. Her family now manages to have enough vegetables for their own consumption and they have been making more money by selling the surplus of vegetables to their neighbors or in the next villages. Currently, she can produce 1.5 to 2 kg a day of vegetables for her family consumption and earn around $40 to $50 a month. Since she has been working with the project, she was able to produce 270kg of vegetables and earned around $240. She said that “I never knew that vegetables could help a poor family like mine so easily. In fact, I don’t need much capital to do this but I receive high benefits from it for my family and our daily meals. I will continue with the project and commit to follow all advises giving by the teachers (project team) and my chief”.
Also, the field staffs always visit her household with the groups’ chief to make sure all beneficiaries are practicing the right technique and to check that there are no pests destroying their plantation. The field staffs also coach all groups’ chiefs for them to be able to follow up with their members.
By Meas Viphou, Project Manager in Mondulkiri