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Project profile

Young Women in Business (YWIB)

CARE Cambodia works with poor and vulnerable women, focusing on building capacities, increasing resilience and reducing vulnerabilities, while promoting rights and women’s empowerment.


CARE’s Young Women in Business project, funded by The European Union, works with vulnerable young women in regional Koh Kong province to improve their economic opportunities. In Koh Kong, the two key underlying causes of poverty affecting young women – gender inequality and limited income generation opportunities – result in low household incomes, limited knowledge of and access to markets, lack of capital and few opportunities to improve individual capacities and skills.


CARE, together with Farmer Livelihood Development (FLD), are tackling these causes of poverty by increasing young women’s skills and access to markets, and creating an enabling environment which supports and promotes young women’s income-generation and their participation in development decision-making.  



To increase income generation opportunities for young women and girls in Koh Kong province through developing local capacities, expanding and diversifying income sources and advocacy efforts to create an enabling environment for women 


Key activities
Project activities include:
  • Training 1,700 women and girls in livelihoods skills and providing technical support

  • Establishing 85 self-help groups to support young women in income generation activities

  • Training self-help groups, in business planning, management and product marketing

  • Facilitating linkages between self-help groups, suppliers and markets to ensure availability of raw material in bulk and sale of the products at better rates

  • Facilitating linkages between self-help groups, commune councils and government departments

  • Advocating with decision-makers including government officials, commune councils, villages chiefs, etc., on the needs and rights of women and girls, with special focus on rights to economic opportunities


February 2011 – January 2014



Koh Kong province



Approximately 1,700 young women and girls living in Koh Kong province

Project partners


  • Farmer Livelihood Development

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