Villagers in Poupet, a small community in Cambodia’s Mondulkiri Province, are earning more money from collecting and selling resin than ever before and are supporting their families without jeopardizing the forest resources they need to survive. But that wasn’t always the case.
Pros (not his real name) is a successful entrepreneur who sells groceries in front of his home in the Uddar Meanchey province of Cambodia, and earns additional income to support his six children by pumping water for villagers and raising crops and livestock. He’s come a long way toward achieving his hopes of providing a better life for his family.
At age 22, Srey (not her real name) is an entrepreneur in the Battambang Province of Northwestern Cambodia. She has started a small sewing business, and like many other young adults, is taking charge of her life. Her outlook and opportunities are promising, and far different than they were just a few years ago.
Kiri (not his real name) is earning about the equivalent of $90 (USD) monthly as a barber and is planning to expand his efforts and profits by raising chickens. Just a few years ago, however, he was a poor farmer and his future was not nearly so promising.