Piggy Bank College Fund
Five-year-old Reaksa holds a squealing pig, one of many that are helping the parents in Thanot, her community in northern Cambodia, to feed their families and pay for their children’s education.
“We learned how to rear piglets to grow faster," says Sareth Srey, one of the community’s women. “With new skills, it takes only four months to get a pig with 80 kilograms.” Before, it took years to reach that weight, she says.
Thanot is in a jungle, where people hunt wild animals for food. Some raise pigs, cows, or chickens. But the traditional ways of producing food don’t provide enough meat and vegetables for a healthy diet.
After World Vision trained Thanot families in animal husbandry techniques, their livestock produced more offspring. The higher yield enables families to go to market near the Thai-Cambodian border to buy and sell the offspring.
“Without business at home, we might go to work in other district or Thailand. If we have this, we can take care of our children and care about their schooling,” Sareth says.
While many of the community’s women attended school only to the fourth and fifth grade, they now dream of sending their children to school to at least ninth grade.
“I dream that my children are able to go to university. My dream becomes true if our business of rearing pigs continuously grows,” Sareth says.
Photo credit: 2013 Sopheak Kong/World Vision
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