Pigs and Chickens Make a Difference

November 4, 2015 • Cambodia

A mother in Cambodia receives livestock training to improve her family’s income

Rin Thour lives with her husband and three children in northeastern Cambodia. They migrated in 2009 from the southeastern part of the country. Her family used to depend solely on cassava and rice field work for income, but they recently participated in a Samaritan’s Purse agriculture and livestock program.

My husband used to take care of and harvest cassava. When I wasn’t helping him, I stayed at home to take care of our children and a few chickens we had. We didn’t want more chickens or pigs because we knew that the animals could get diseased and cause us problems. Also, my family is poor, and we didn’t have the technical training needed to raise livestock. Our whole income depended on how hard we worked on the cassava plantation. Some years the production was low, which meant we had a low income and problems with food insecurity.

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When Samaritan’s Purse began working in our village, they selected my family to be part of the agriculture and livestock programs. They provided us with technical training and gave us some materials, such as chicken and pig homes and seeds for vegetable and fruit trees. We started changing the way that we raised our chickens and got pigs. Now we have 50 chickens, and we sold them two times this year for $100. I also have a female pig who delivered 11 piglets recently. My family has a plan to increase our pig rearing in the hope that it will improve our living situation and that I can help my husband earn money.

I’d like to thank the staff of Samaritan’s Purse for visiting us at our home to guide and motivate my family to improve our lives. We feel happy and warm.