Chenda Yet is 51 years old and lives in Srae Uk Village, Kampong Chhnang Province. Chenda dropped out of school during grade eight to help her parents with rice farming and also due to the financial situation of their family. Married in 1991, she has four sons. In addition to rice farming, she also raises chickens to earn more income while her husband works building houses. However, her income is still very low and not enough for her whole family. That was until she joined Cufa’s LEED program.
Chenda’s business, a chicken farm, began without having a business plan and was not doing well. She first raised them traditionally as a family with five hen species. After attending the training, her idea had completely changed and she started building her chicken coop, sized 4m X 5m.
With her frequent involvement in the program, she has attended capacity building training, micro-enterprise training and received consultations on how to improve her business. After developing a business plan with the help of Cufa staff, Chenda was trained on market strategy and provided materials and chickens for raising. Until now, Chenda has totally raised 200 chickens.
Her business grows steadily and as a result, in March 2019 she had 40 chickens for food for her daughter’s wedding that cost an estimated 832,000 riels ($208). Since her business has significantly improved, her living conditions have also gradually improved. Her neighbour is also very interested in learning from her business success and she has shared knowledge with five people in her village.
Chenda now has enough confidence after learning life-changing skills in the program and is looking at building another, larger business in the future. She would like to increase how many chickens she is raising and grow more vegetables for her family’s food consumption.
Last but not least, Chenda is very thankful for the program and the significant support providing materials, chicken seed and also business skills.