In March 2016, Sokhney Kean was given the opportunity to join Cufa’s Village Entrepreneur program and start her own chicken farm. The program helps participants set up their own business. This involves a constructing business plan, becoming members of a local village bank, and providing regular training and support.
We asked Sokhney a few questions about her Village Entrepreneur journey so far and this is what she had to say!
What made you join the Village Entrepreneur program? “It was very tough being a widow and having limited education and skills. I have two sons as well. I just wanted to support them and also fix up our house so it doesn’t flood every rainy season.”
How have you benefitted from the program? “I have learnt more skills to run a successful microbusiness. The biggest benefit is that I can now better support my son’s education. I recently purchased two new bikes for them to ride to school and new school uniforms. I am now adding more soil around my house and building new walls to prevent flooding.”
What are your plans for the future? “I would like to connect a public power line to my house to provide electricity for my family.”
Do you have any last words? “Yes. I am very appreciative of the support. My business has really developed and it has helped me support my family. I just want to say thank you to my Community Investor.”
To find out more or support a Village Entrepreneur: ve.org.au