When the land titles were distributed, Khouy Thoeun spoke on behalf of other recipients: “Today we are so happy because our dreams came true.”
Thouen and other villagers in Srey Loeu Senchey Village in the Cham Kravien commune of Khmom province dreamt to someday own land that is properly titled to them. Poor and with no land on which to build a house or farm to grow crops, she is among the first 250 families who received land titles on September 7, 2015, through the World Bank-supported Land Allocation for Social and Economic Development project (LASED).
Each family received between 2-2.5 hectares of farm land and also with residential plot. Sizes of land allocated depend on the number of members in a family. Families also received livelihood support from the project, such as food, seeds for crops, and supplies to build their houses.
As part of the project, Thoeun and other villagers moved to the site over five years ago. Almost all of them grow cassava, corn, sesame, cashew nuts, among other crops. Thoeun now makes between 9 and 10 million Riel ($2,250-2,500) per year, improving her family’s life.