The civil war was still ongoing when HOPE International Development Agency first became involved in Pursat, Cambodia in 1991. Back then, Pursat, in Western Cambodia, was one of the poorest provinces in one of the world’s poorest countries. While the need for our work there is still great, substantial changes have taken place, and it is estimated that HOPE’s work has lifted over 15,000 people out of poverty.
Clean Water and Sanitation
Over 500 wells installed and 15,000 people lifted out of poverty
Our micro-credit program, in which participants are given loans towards investments that will help them increase their income, has also been very successful. Over the years, loans have been issued to more than 1,000 families with zero defaults, and women have gone on to start small enterprises that have benefitted not only their families, but also their communities. Our animal bank, through which families can obtain their own cows or water buffaloes, has also helped farmers increase their crop yields and derive sustainable income through agriculture.
Education and Community Focus