May 26, 2011
Phnom Penh, May 26, 2011 - Small Enterprise Grant to empower women of 100 US dollars was provided each of 58 HIV positive women who permanently live in Kampong Tralach district, Kampong Chhnang province yesterday. Those women will use the grants as capitals for their upcoming chicken raising business with their provided vocational skill.
The occasion of grant providing was over presided by Dr. Kasem Kolnary, the Director of CHEC; Mrs. Pich Sokhhorn, Kampong Tralach Vice-District Governor, and Mr. Kang Sambo, Health Technical Director based in Kampong Tralach Operational District.
These 58 women are in the second 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 capacity to earn more income, send children to school, and maintain their health properly, and discrimination and stigma toward them will be reduced accordingly.
Mrs. Pich Khhorn said, "It is the best opportunity for the HIV positive women to better their living conditions through the business." She alerted beneficiaries to make use of the grants effectively in their upcoming business with all efforts, strong commitments, and acquired vocational skill for successes. And she warned the people use the grants carefully and directly to business.
Waiting for her name called to get the grant with smiling face, a 46-year-old Yan Channy, a beneficiary living in Lonh Vek Commune, Kampong Tralach District said "I have built chicken coop already and after getting the grant I will buy 12 chickens to raise." She will put her all efforts within her chicken raising skill to make business success and make her family condition 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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