Following the needs assessment, training sessions were conducted to 66 families in Phnom Penh and Kandal Province from 24 to 30 May in cooperation with International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR).
Several livelihood and financial management topics were provided to the trainees during the sessions including proper methods of chicken raising, the process of making fermented beans and home production of dish washing soap. The financial management courses included basic household budget planning as well as cash management.
The courses were conducted by using a learner-centered approach, specifically participatory training methodologies such as brainstorming, plenary presentation visualization tool and, reflection, with the use of icebreakers.
“These trainings were perceived to be very useful since we have responded to the needs of the participants. Plus, we received lots of positive responses from the learners as they found the newly acquired knowledge easy to apply and useful to their lives,” said Chim Samon, Project Officer of Building Homes Building Positive Lives.
A trainee, Leap Chanthoeun from Trapaing Krosaing, Phnom Penh, shared her thoughts right after the courses, “I learned many things from this training. We were put into actual situations and given demonstrations as we discussed amongst our groups. After this training, I believe I can apply my new knowledge in having a home-based business and be able to plan budgets properly. I will also be able to share all that I learned with other families in my village.”