UN Women has donated more than $1 million to help improve the lives of 1,300 HIV-positive Cambodian women over the next two years.
The project, called Strengthening Economic Livelihood Opportunities for Low-Income and HIV-Positive Women, will reach HIV-positive women and 310 women with low incomes across 12 provinces, according to a copy of the project document. NGO Cambodian HIV/AIDS Education and Care will work with Cambodia Health Education Media Service and eight community-based organizations on the two-year project, it said.
Training, in activities such as raising chickens, growing mushrooms or sewing, will be conducted and $100 grants provided to HIV-positive women, said CHEC director Kasem Kolnary. “Many women are very, very poor in our target area,” she said, adding that CHEMS would raise HIV/AIDS awareness through television dramas.
Thach Phen, secretary of state at the Information Ministry, opened the meeting saying that the ministry would cooperate on the project. “I hope we can strengthen and push for women who have low income and women infected with HIV to have a better standard of living,” he said.