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20 July 2021
 
myanmar
Mobilising Community Members to Benefit from their Village Saving Banks

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
 
cambodia
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
 
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
 
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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14 June 2021
 
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
 
myanmar
Grassroots Community Savings Banks Continue to Support Rural Communities with Access to Finance

Recently, we met with Nan Thein, a mother of two, who previously to implementing the CUD program in rural communities in Myanmar, had no access to finance and limited financial knowledge, resulting in limited resources to overcome intergenerational poverty. 

Financial access has been historically difficult for remote communities in Myanmar. More recently, the instability and COVID-19 lockdown measures continue have added additional pressures. Accessing finance such as loans and basic cash withdrawals have become more dire. Customers with commercial banks need to queue as early as 4am to withdraw money, often for several days and may not be able to withdraw due to limited funds in commercial banks due to the high demand of cash withdrawals.

Having access to a community savings bank developed using a grassroots approach, members such as Nan continue to access loans to own a grocery shop. Nan has been depositing small savings since 2016, her savings have increased which she has enjoyed watching and remained in a safe community-owned and operated financial institution. “I’m very happy, as I got into the habit of saving money regularly, along with my villagers, supporting each other and building trust”. 

Cufa’s systematic training sessions have equipped Nan with increased financial knowledge and strong savings habits and budgeting which today, have enabled her to successfully borrow USD $500 to put towards having her own grocery shop.

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