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20 July 2021
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Integrating Recycling Practices Into Our Livelihoods Program
As the pandemic continues to limit the delivery of our programs in regional Cambodia, our local staff proactively continue supporting our communities. In the video lessons our field officer explains all the necessary steps to create liquid soap. From production, to packing distribution and marketing, our program ensures our recipients are well equipped to access the market. Recently, our field staff had the opportunity to contact Mr. Choun Ty, one of our most determined members. He is the leader of the Community Social Enterprise, and currently provides affordable soap to his and nearby communities. As our staff discussed current opportunities, but also emerging challenges encountered due to the lockdown measures in some areas of Cambodia, Mr. Choun gladly informed how Cufa’s marketing strategies have increased their capacity to continue being active in the market.  As the Community Soap Enterprise’s soap business continues to grow, Mr. Chuon said “ I’m so glad we are finally able to provide for our families, despite the pandemic. In the past few months, we have been able to double our monthly profits from  $40 USD to $80 USD.  Given the larger profit, I dream of our soap community growing more sustainably and expanding to new provinces”.
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20 July 2021
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cambodia
Cufa’s 50th Anniversary
As the pandemic continues to limit the delivery of our programs in regional Cambodia, our local staff proactively continue supporting our communities. In the video lessons our field officer explains all the necessary steps to create liquid soap. From production, to packing distribution and marketing, our program ensures our recipients are well equipped to access the market. Recently, our field staff had the opportunity to contact Mr. Choun Ty, one of our most determined members. He is the leader of the Community Social Enterprise, and currently provides affordable soap to his and nearby communities. As our staff discussed current opportunities, but also emerging challenges encountered due to the lockdown measures in some areas of Cambodia, Mr. Choun gladly informed how Cufa’s marketing strategies have increased their capacity to continue being active in the market.  As the Community Soap Enterprise’s soap business continues to grow, Mr. Chuon said “ I’m so glad we are finally able to provide for our families, despite the pandemic. In the past few months, we have been able to double our monthly profits from  $40 USD to $80 USD.  Given the larger profit, I dream of our soap community growing more sustainably and expanding to new provinces”.
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14 June 2021
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cambodia
Sokhorn’s Success Story

We recently brought to you the story of Sophea, a former Village Entrepreneur. In this story, we bring you Sokhorn Kreong, and her life story of creating a successful micro-enterprise.

Sokhorn, like many other communities in remote Cambodia, was born into poverty, but unlike most people in her community, due to polio, she lost the use of her legs when she was a toddler. Unable to work or study, Sokhorn could only subsist on the kindness of her community. Although she lived near her relatives, they also lived in poverty. 

Cufa’s Village Entrepreneur program, however, was a pivotal point in her life, as she would be able to kickstart her dream of owning her own business. After 3 years of training, hard work, dedication and financial support from her Community Investor, her business became sustainable. Now, her thriving business allows her to have enough resources to afford for her children’s education, healthcare, purchase clothes and make improvements to her home.

At Cufa, we ensure all community members have access to our programs. As new challenges emerge, including Covid-19, we continue to adapt our programs to facilitate their delivery to our communities.

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14 June 2021
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cambodia
Mr. Choun’s sustainable dream.

As the pandemic continues to limit the delivery of our programs in regional Cambodia, our local staff proactively continue supporting our communities. In the video lessons our field officer explains all the necessary steps to create liquid soap. From production, to packing distribution and marketing, our program ensures our recipients are well equipped to access the market.

Recently, our field staff had the opportunity to contact Mr. Choun Ty, one of our most determined members. He is the leader of the Community Social Enterprise, and currently provides affordable soap to his and nearby communities. As our staff discussed current opportunities, but also emerging challenges encountered due to the lockdown measures in some areas of Cambodia, Mr. Choun gladly informed how Cufa’s marketing strategies have increased their capacity to continue being active in the market. 

As the Community Soap Enterprise’s soap business continues to grow, Mr. Chuon said “ I’m so glad we are finally able to provide for our families, despite the pandemic. In the past few months, we have been able to double our monthly profits from  $40 USD to $80 USD.  Given the larger profit, I dream of our soap community growing more sustainably and expanding to new provinces”.

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15 May 2021
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cambodia
Livelihoods Program (Soap Making) One Year On

After a difficult year filled with uncertainty, financial hardships, and disruptions, the Samaki Community in Kampong Cham continues to produce soap for their regional community, fighting the pandemic and maintaining a reliable source of income.
 
For Nhem Sokhun, this business means more than just making money. As the leader of the Samaki Soap Community, Nhem feels empowered and proud to be part of the fight against Covid-19. Only in the month of March, the Samaki Soap Community was able to sell 300 litres, and they hope to increase this number to 500 litres in a matter of weeks.
 
One year on, as the profits of selling liquid soap increase and there is no sign of the pandemic ending in the short term, the Samaki Soap Community hopes to purchase a motor vehicle and expand their businesses to other regional communities in need. Along with the skills required to produce soap, Cufa’s livelihoods Program also continues to provide training in the areas of entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and marketing.

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15 May 2021
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cambodia
Children’s Financial Literacy Program Now Going Virtual!

The pandemic has had a significant impact to Cambodia’s education system, as schools continue to close to prevent further spread, affecting the delivery of our Children’s Financial Literacy Program in regional Cambodia. Cufa’s team remains committed to delivering financial literacy to our participant students, has and has adapted to provide lessons via video for students from grades 1 to 6.

As we commence the rollout of the video lessons, our field officers met with Yeuon Kung, an 11-year-old student from the Kampong Cham province, along with her grandmother. During their visit, Yeoun was happy to be able to receive her lessons from the safety of her home. Given her family’s financial situation, Yeoun did not imagine the option of learning from home. 

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15 May 2021
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cambodia
Cambodia Staff Update

As you may know, Cambodia is currently dealing with a significant outbreak of Covid-19, resulting in lockdown measures being implemented in multiple urban areas around the country.  Given the developing situation, our Cambodia staff has not been able to visit the communities that we work with, affecting the delivery of our programs.

Since the cases have increased to an average of 500 cases a day, particularly in the Phnom Penh area, the government has prioritized its vaccine rollouts to these high-risk areas. As of the 10th of May, 19,743 cases have been detected, of which 126 people have died.

To ensure our communities receive all the support they need, our staff has been tirelessly providing over-the-phone support, as well as providing video lessons for the Children’s Financial Literacy Program. As of the 4th of May, 1718,708 people have received their first jab across Cambodia. Among these numbers, half of our Cambodian staff have received their Covid-19 vaccines, provided by the Cambodian government minimising the risk of exposure and infection once movement around the country is allowed.

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26 April 2021
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cambodia
Dreaming Big for her Family

As the sound of heavy traffic passing by the motorway announces the start of a busy morning, Sophin knows that it will be a good day for her family business. Her parents run a restaurant, whilst her grandmother sells cakes for the local community.

Sophin, just at the age of 9, is often concerned about the living condition of her family, as their financial situation has been affected by Covid-19 and their sales have declined. Luckily, as Cufa’s Children’s Financial Literacy Program arrived at her local school, Sophin did not miss a second to learn how she and her family can benefit from the program. Whilst receiving her lessons, she also wanted her entire family to see the world of opportunities a small daily saving can make.

Once Sophin knew about Cufa’s home visits, she eagerly raised her hand and asked Cufa’s field officers to visit her home. As her whole family, including Sophin are now financially literate, Sophin enjoys working more at the restaurant during her time off and helping grandma to bake some cakes. She has now become highly proactive in managing her savings and continues encouraging her beloved ones to save for the future.

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26 April 2021
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cambodia
The Story of a Former Village Entrepreneur

In 9 years, children go from learning their ABCs to algebra, companies boom and bust, For Sophea, 9 years has Meant the time between her being in poverty, to having a sustainable business, being able to afford education for her children, and having food security.

In 9 years, children go from learning their ABCs to algebra, companies boom and bust, For Sophea, 9 years has Meant the time between her being in poverty, to having a sustainable business, being able to afford education for her children, and having food security.

Sophea’s family struggled to make ends meet, with her husband doing odd jobs and Sophea running a small micro-business to supplement their income. They wanted her kids to succeed in life, to be able to attend extra classes with their friends so they can get the edge in life they need. As her children were not receiving the proper education they required to progress, she feared that the intergenerational poverty cycle would never end; the phenomena where issues such as child labor, lack of healthcare, and malnutrition causing each generation to remain in poverty. 

Sophea joined Cufa’s Village Entrepreneur program, and thanks to a Community Investor, she was able to get access to training in customer service, bookkeeping, agricultural and livestock management. Through this program she was able to grow her business, overcoming the challenges that her family often encountered. Sophea was able to purchase the necessary stationery and uniforms for school and was able to give her children the extra classes that they wanted. This business provided her family greater financial security, allowing them to visit a doctor and purchase medicine when her family fell ill.

Overtime, she was able to begin to make material changes to her household and her business. She used her profits to help build a new house, featuring plumbing and private rooms, something so necessary but yet often inaccessible for many. To ensure her business would keep growing, she invested in her stall, creating more space to display her produce and goods, and was able to build a roof to continue selling during rain. This investment paid off, as during the current pandemic, though her husband has been able to find work occasionally, and she is finally able to lift her family out of poverty.

For Sophea, becoming a Village Entrepreneur has given her a chance, a chance for her family to get the education, healthcare, and food they need; a chance for her to grow as a person, and broaden her horizons for her future.

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26 April 2021
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cambodia
Our Latest Social Return on Investment Report (SROI)
Cufa is proud to announce our 2018-2020 Social Return on Investment (SROI) Report, an exhaustive analysis of our programs and the social value achieved. When we first began conducting this analysis, the Social Return on Investment framework was chosen as it sets in simple monetary terms the social value our programs create. Overall, the report will demonstrate how in only three years our programs were able to generate $7.91 in social value for every $1 donated. A figure we are very proud of, despite the devastating effects of Covid-19 during the course of 2020. Within a short timeframe, we can already observe the impact on the lives of the people we work with. Through our livelihoods program, Savin was able to develop her micro-enterprise, which produced liquid soap for distribution to the local community. In addition, the workshops reinforced individuals with basic bookkeeping and retail management. As a result of the workshops and the peak of the pandemic, Savin was able to sell 76 liters of soap to her community. At Cufa, we believe that our newest Social Return on Investment report will demonstrate the power of our programs and the transformational change it has created in the Asia-Pacific region. We hope that you enjoy reading our latest Social Return on Investment report.
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