Meet Phalla, a woman who has doubled her income

Phalla Home Food Garden

We love seeing the success of the programs we financially support in Cambodia. Read below for the story of Phalla, a woman who took part in the Home Food Garden Project.

Phalla is a 55-year old mother of five who lives with her husband in a small house in rural Siem Reap. 

The COVID-19 outbreak had a significant impact on Phalla’s cake business, as her neighbours had less of a disposable income. 

Through collaborating with the Village Chief, our program partner HHA Cambodia approached Phalla about their Home Food Garden Project. Phalla expressed a desire to establish her own food source, and was selected to join the program.

In the training program, Phalla learnt about the basics of chemical-free farming, strategies to reduce her impact on the environment and COVID-19 prevention.

After attending the training program at HHA Cambodia, Phalla received seeds, fertiliser and recycled materials and set about establishing her own farm. 

After just three weeks, Phalla harvested morning glory, followed by gourd, sponge gourd, winged bean, green onions, and eggplant. Phalla has added vegetable sales to her cake business, and rides her bicycle around the commune each day, selling both. Phalla has now doubled her income thanks to the sale of her vegetables, and also uses her vegetables in her daily meals for her and her husband, ensuring their basic nutritious needs are being met.

Phalla says, “Through participating the program, I have increased my knowledge on how to grow vegetables, especially how to make compost fertilizer and prepare land. I didn’t have any troubles with my garden. I feel so happy and grateful that the NGO supported me because I could earn more income for the family.”

We are proud to financially support the Home Food Garden Project through grants from The Goodridge Foundation, The Tucker Foundation, The Universal Charitable Fund, NIB and private donors.

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