IDE is a world leader in practical, market-based solutions to rural poverty
What is IDE?
IDE is a non-profit International NGO with a unique market-based approach to poverty reduction.
IDE helps to build profitable enterprises and value chains that deliver sustainable social and economic benefits to the rural poor, enabling them to increase their income and improve their quality of life.
Our Programs in Cambodia
Prior to working at the ceramic filter factory established by IDE in Kampong Chhnang, Suon Rann produced and sold clay pots from home. "This job is much better," she says, adding that she earns twice as much as before and the pay is regular. "All of my children are now going to school."
When Sok Saren saw a treadle pump in his local Svay Rieng market he bought it and used it to begin growing vegetables. He earns $50 to $70 per month during the growing season, as much money as some others make by traveling to Phnom Penh for work. “For me, I’d rather keep my family together,” says Saren.
Widower Sam Saran and his three children have been using a ceramic water filter for about seven months. They bought it in installments from a local retailer. Saran knew it was a good investment because of the time and money they would save by not having to boil water every day. “I’m very happy,” he says, “This filter protects my family.”
A simple foot-powered treadle pump enabled Ken Yean and Ken Neary to move from subsistence farming to small-scale commercial agriculture by growing and selling vegetables. They used their earnings to increase their land and educate their five children. “When the children are all educated, then I’ll start improving the house,” says Yean.
Sim Sokhom, a Commune Council leader in Kampong Speu, bought a Ceramic Water Purifier a year ago. Seeing the health benefits in his eight-member family, he has recommended it to his relatives also. “Now we are confident in the water that we drink and it’s so easy,” says Sokhum.
Near Sam Ouen and her husband thought nothing could grow on the land around their house. After one season of growing long beans with drip irrigation, they were so convinced they expanded the area by another 300 square meters. “I am very pleased and surprised how productive my land is, we now make a good living from this garden”.
“I no longer have to carry water over long distances… it saves time that can be spent on other jobs,” says Soam Pearum of Svay Rieng. She used an IDE drip irrigation system to grow 500 m² of cucumbers and long beans. The $45 system earned her a net income of $80 in one season, which she spent on school expenses for her four children.
Mok Sam Am, from Svay Rieng province, participated in trials comparing drip irrigation to traditional sprinkler buckets. “I will buy a new kit when this one needs replacing because it saves me time and increases my yield”
Kao Sithoeun works two half-days per week promoting sanitary latrines in her community in Kandal province. Last month, she convinced 20 households to purchase the low-cost Easy Latrine that IDE introduced. The local latrine producer pays her $1 commission for each latrine that she sells. Sithoeun says the extra income is nice but she adds “I like doing it because it benefits the community at the same time.”