Raising chicken and duck is not a new income generation activity for Roeung Sarourm’s family, a 35 year-old mother of two children: daughter, 6, and son, 3 , from An Daung village, Ta Kream commune, Banan district, Battambong province. The family has practiced it for a long time but the family benefited little from raising the chicken and duck. But, interestingly, over the last three years, raising chicken and duck has an big impact on herself and her family. The impact has happened after she joined in An Daung Village Development Association (VDA) in 2001, facilitated by Caritas Cambodia. “We earn more from selling chickens and ducks”, Sarourm told.
Caritas works with the poor families through VDA to improve their livelihood and food security. Through VDA, members have been called for meeting and training. Like other members, Sarourm, one of the active member, regularly attended in various trainings, for instance, in chicken raising techniques. The training included how to cope with chicken diseases, how to take care chickens and prepare proper shelter and other good feeding practices. Through series of trainings, Sarourm has applied new techniques using her knowledge and experience to make her chicken farm more productive.
“I am very interested in raising chickens and ducks at home”, shared Sarourm. She added that’s why she decided to join the association because she expected that she can get a chance to increase the family’s income through her existing chickens and ducks farm. This success has also made Sarourm become a key farmer in the group.
Now, she has 40 chickens. She can sell them with good price; 1 kg of chicken costs 13,000 Riel. Additional income from selling chickens and ducks, Sarourm can buy more eggs. As an alternative income, Sarourm is working hard on her home vegetable garden. Both good practice raising chicken and duck farm and vegetable gardening have impressed by Caritas, VDAs and most families in the group. In addition to training, it is even more important that clear demonstration should be provided. Furthermore, through VDA, Caritas support fertilizer and vegetable seeds, loan to some families to make a chicken farm and prepare vegetable home garden.
Chicken and duck farm has brought Sarourm a lot of work to do at home. “Working at home keeps me busy enough. I have to look after chickens and ducks to ensure that they will be grown well and without disease”, Sarourm shared.
Before, she had to go with her husband, Hach Leang, 45, to sell labor through construction work in the other provinces in order to cover other expenses in the families. “I have noticed that when I work at home, my husband and myself do not get sick very often like before, she told , adding that “Working outside, especially at the construction site, is risky. Even if we could earn better but we are likely to face up with danger. We used to spend more money on medicine and treatment. However, incomes from raising chicken and duck as well as home vegetable help reduce financial burden in my family”.
Sarourm thanks Caritas Cambodia and VDA that has supported her with skill and knowledge to raise chicken and duck successfully.