May 27, 2011
Phnom Penh, May 27, 2011-mall Enterprise Grant to empower women of 100 US dollars is rovided each of 64 HIV positive women who permanently live in Preah Sdach district, Prey Veng province yesterday. Those women will use the grants as capitals for their upcoming pig raising business.
The occasion of grant providing is over presided by Dr. Kasem Kolnary, the Director of CHEC; Mr. Ouk Sophal, Preah Srach Operational District Director; Kong Sakhorn, District Agricultural Facilitator based in Preash Sdach; and Sar Sovath, a Chief Monk of Por Angkoreach Pagoda.
These 58 women are in the third batch of 19 batches including 1,300 HIV positive women from 19 Operational Districts in 12 provinces who are ongoing to receive such grants upon they receive one of five vocational trainings such as Chicken Raising, Pig Raising, Fish Raising, Vegetable Growing, and Doing a Small Business in two-year period. This is said by Dr. Kasem Kolnary.
In front of those women, Dr. Kasem Kolnary said that with their upcoming business, HIV positive women will, in return, have enough capacity to earn more income, send children to school, and maintain their health properly, and discrimination and stigma toward them will be reduced accordingly.
Mr. Ouk Sophal requests the HIV positive women to try all their best to make the business successful and enlarge the business since CHEC cannot help them forever.
Mr. Kong Sokhorn gives a recommendation that the women should apply technical-based skill acquired from the vocational training to their business rather than traditional pig raising technique which results in low production, cannot meet market needs on time, and make less income.
"The HIV positive women should follow four principles strictly to make their business successful" advises the Chief Monk Sar Sovath and he continues that such principles are willingness, trying, taking care of the job, and monitoring and evaluation to improve the quality of the work.
Holding a hundred-US-dollar bill in her right hand with happy face, a 40-year-old Yem Moykia, a beneficiary living in Nokor Reach Commune, Preah Sdach district said "I have built chicken coop already and after getting the grant I will buy 4 pig to raise." She will put her all efforts and apply what she has learned to make business success and expect that her family condition will be better.
Such grants are provided with an aim for the effective implementation of gender equality and advancement of women's empowerment and right in Cambodia. To make program possible implementing, CHEC got a part of the fund for Gender Equality for "Strengthening Economic Livelihood Opportunities for Low-income and HIV Positive Women" (SECLO) Project from the UN Women.
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