Family Development


This is the main Tabitha Cambodia program and participation in the program is a pre-requisite for families or villages to participate in any of the other programs.

Many poor Cambodian families have no house and virtually no possessions. Despite this poverty, most families generate a meagre weekly income, which may be earned by collecting and selling empty plastic bottles or cutting grass for sale to a farmer.

Tabitha family development workers help these families to develop a vision of a better life and encourage them to join the savings program.

Each savings "cycle" lasts ten weeks. The savings are collected weekly by Tabitha workers and returned at the end of the cycle. Before starting to save, each family decides what they are saving for (their "dream") and is encouraged to purchase that item at the end of the cycle.

Saving the equivalent of 25 cents a week soon allows the purchase of life-transforming items such as a water pot, a set of crockery, or clothes for the children. After several cycles, families save for income producing items such as a fishing net, piglets, chickens, oxen, a watering can, or a bicycle to take produce to market, etc. These changes bring the family a stable food supply and regular income -- sometimes for the first time -- and allow for steadily increasing weekly savings. Most families eventually save for land and a house.

Cutting grass to provide income

Saving for a fishing net that can provide food for the family.

Two years ago, this family had no possessions. After saving for two years for a house, an Australian building team helped them reach their goal. With further savings, in addition to their house, they now have a separate kitchen and a productive vegetable garden.