Cow Bank Lifting Battambang Villagers Out of Poverty

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Cow Bank Lifting Battambang Villagers Out of Poverty

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Wed Apr 24, 2019 4:30 pm

April 24, 2019
The impact of a cow bank on local lives
Many young people in Slarp Pang village in Battambang province seek job opportunities in other countries in order to help support their families, leaving an ageing farmer population behind to face harsh weather conditions. Even though the situation for many here seems dire, there is still hope as two organisations have established a cow bank to empower the community.

Banan district, Battambang province – A thin man stands tall here in Ta Kream commune’s Slarp Pang village.

The man is named Has Sarath and he is proud of what he has accomplished ever since Japan’s Kurume Overseas Volunteer Collaborations and Appropriate Technology International Movement came to the village in 2015 to lend villagers female cows to promote breeding, and eventually uplift their livelihoods.

Like many in Slarp Pang village, Mr Sarath is a farmer. Thanks to KOVC and AIM, Mr Sarath is able to borrow two female cows from the organisations’ cow bank.

“In order to borrow a cow, we have to make a deal with the organisations,” he says. “We have to give the organisations every firstborn calf, and we can keep the second.”

The 63-year-old farmer says aside from lending cows, the two organisations also train villagers on how to raise the calves. ... cal-lives/
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