Heifer Empowers Women in Cambodia
Visit an isolated village in Cambodia and learn about challenges women face there.
“It is said that you go to Cambodia, you fall in love with the people and the place, and then it breaks your heart.”
Heifer International President and CEO Pierre Ferrari traveled to an isolated village in Cambodia to visit women soon to be part of a new Heifer project to raise income and nutrition levels. He met Brok Mom, who shared the challenges she faces in feeding her family alone as her husband works abroad. "I'm not a proud mother, because I don't have food for my children to eat," she said.
The theory of change and the theory of development is that woman are principle to changing the conditions of vast numbers of villages of poor people. Anywhere from 50 – 80% of the farmers who are doing work in the field are women. If you’re going to make a change in a community than you need to focus on the people who are doing the work, which are women.
Heifer knows they can actually make a difference not only in the economic and material life but also the emotional life of these communities. Brok Mom is now part of a women’s collective group that is being supported by Heifer. She will receive trainings that will help her gain skills in sustainable agriculture, personal finance and other areas essential to lifting her family out of poverty. She will also receive animals, feed, seed and a fruit tree.
Watch to learn more about how Heifer plans to empower women like her through community support, inputs of animals and training.