Women in Business in Cambodia

San and Sorn live in a poor village of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. According to the  Multidimensional Poverty Index, 34% of Cambodians still live in poverty.

Both women struggled to earn a good income for their families, and lacked the education and resources needed to change their situation.

Succeeding together

Luckily, San and Sorn came across a women’s business group supported by Action on Poverty and our local partner, the Cambodian Women’s Crisis Center (CWCC).

The women joined a CWCC training session on how to make dishwashing liquid. Then, with the three other women in their group, they took out a micro-loan of $140 to buy raw materials and equipment to turn this training into a start-up business.

Reaping the rewards

Now the group earns $35 a day by selling their dishwashing liquid to other families in the village, as well as to retailers and wholesalers. The business is part-time, so the women have the flexibility to do other work.

San and Sorn use their extra income to pay for school fees, food, and other everyday needs.

Donate now to help women like San and Sorn start a business and change their lives.


Sustainable Development Goals

1. No Poverty    8. Decent Work and Economic Growth  10. Reduced Inequalities

  17. Partnerships for the Goals

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