The SRIRI program was established in 2012 as a response to families being left vulnerable by the Cambodian government’s decision to rehabilitate a disused railway track where they had been living. These families were displaced and moved into one of five newly established neighbourhoods that lacked critical services and economic opportunity. The Asian Development Bank engaged Cufa to assist displaced families by linking them to employment opportunities, providing financial skills, and helping effectively integrate them into these new communities.
The first stage of the program addresses employment and vocational training. Participants were assisted by being placed in jobs that matched their skillsets and also provided debt relief, loans, and counselling to individuals and groups on life skills, financial literacy, CV writing and interview skills.
The second stage of SRIRI establishes Self Help Groups (SHG). These provide training and support in financial concepts. Resettlement sites are also linked to economic institutions that encourage participants to begin saving for their futures.
The third stage is the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) program which is operated by volunteers in the community to look after the cleanliness and sustainability of the local environment. They are trained by Cufa on how to adequately monitor and repair key elements of the community such as the water supply, drainage, waste management, roads, and vegetation.
The overarching goal of SRIRI is to provide displaced community members with all the important tools so they can live sustainably and have improved livelihoods in their new communities.