The LEED program works to strengthen the economic development and improve the lives of disadvantaged people, particularly those with disabilities. Cufa utilises opportunities through education, vocational training, and financial inclusion.
The program was developed after seeing the need for further development and training after the implementation of the Credit Union Development program in various communities where the main income sources are micro-enterprises and agricultural activities. Once people gained access to financial services and education they needed to be further empowered with livelihood activities.
Our project officers connect current program participants with successful graduates to provide advice and mentorship as well as an aspirational business role model to keep them motivated. This program also seeks the advice from field experts to teach techniques and the most relevant skills ranging from agricultural techniques to bookkeeping.
Participants are also empowered to join their local community-owned bank. Being a member of this bank provides safe access to microfinance and loans and give people a safe place to keep their savings.
At the end of the program, Cufa assists in the development of participant’s businesses based on their skills. In addition to this, the most disadvantaged program participants will be given the resources to start up their own business. This is achieved through expert guidance from Cufa staff and also assistance from graduates of Cufa’s Village Entrepreneur program. Cufa continues to support and monitor all participants businesses until they are fully sustainable.
These are some of the most outstanding results we have produced in
less than a year of this program
If you’d like to read more about how we measure and deliver results please read about our methodology
and more of our programs’ impact in our Social Return on Investment Report
Like many in Cambodia, Saren primarily worked as a farmer. Her income wasn’t suffiecient to sustain herself and her family so she looked for opportunities to improve it. With an initial loan of $200, she was able to start her own welding business, primarily focused on roofing. With the help of the LEED program she developed business and welding skills for her business and this has allowed her to expand it. She now does welding for a larger amount of customers building roofs, doors, balconies, frames and much more.
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