Sanitation Enterprise Profiles

WaterSHED’s sanitation marketing network includes more than 160 enterprises in Cambodia. Here are profiles of some of the dedicated local business owners that help to make the program successful.

Suy Sokhim
Suy SokhimThe Toilet Teacher

In every morning of the weekday, 35 year-old Suy Sokhim has been performing her role as a soft and caring teacher looking after about 40 children in grade 1 at Svay Kal Primary School. Sokhim, however, would turn to her alter ego the rest of the day and become a fierce businesswoman. READ MORE…

OM John
Sorn NaroathA businesswoman in concrete action

From managing the business to actually working in concrete production, 31-year-old Mrs Sorn Naroath has earned respect, good income and sustainable business growth for her family through her commitment and perseverance. Her efforts demonstrate concrete proof that the being a…READ MORE…

Nou Ngim
NOU NgimTakeo province

With an old bike and an ice cream container, Nou Ngim and her husband Mon Rin used to travel everyday across villages in Takeo Province to sell ice cream to support the family. Eventually she realized this business could not sustain her family in the long run, and after five years of ice cream selling, she decided to change her career path to make concrete products, which she admits has changed her life…READ MORE…

CHAENG Pros
CHEANG ProsKampong Cham province

Cheang Pros is a 30-year old sculptor-turned-toilet salesman with high hopes for his new toilet business. In his early 20s, Pros left his hometown in Svay Rieng and together with his brother set out in search of employment and opportunity in Kampong Cham province. Pros began learning the sculpting trade, pre-casting concrete sculptures of Buddhist deities to sell to local pagodas. After 2 years as an apprentice, Pros was able to start his own sculpture business in Kampong Siem district. It was not easy: Pros could…READ MORE…

CHAK Sok Pheng
CHAK Sok PhengKampong Cham province

Perched under the sunroof of his shop on his sprawling property in Kampong Cham province, Chak Sok Pheng cuts an imposing figure. At just 24, he is one of Cheung Prey district’s largest wholesalers of construction materials and the owner of a giant roof tile factory and successful pig-raising enterprise. He speaks fluent English, which he learned while earning his Bachelor of Business in Singapore. He is young, motivated and very wealthy by local standards. But none of this stopped him from getting into a very unlikely…READ MORE…

LAY Hengheng
LAY HenghengKampong Cham province

Since 1983, Lay Hengheng has owned and managed a construction material company on the main road in Prey Chhor district, Kampong Cham province. Over this time, she has seen it grow from a small road-side shop to one of the biggest wholesale and retail construction companies in the district. In addition to raw materials like sand, rock and cement, Heng estimates she was able to sell about 30 toilets per month to customers who came directly to her shop, but toilets were never part of her core…READ MORE…

GOV Seang Loy
GOV Seang LoyKampong Speu province

At over 50 years old and with 6 grown children, many Cambodian women Gov Seang Loy’s age would be thinking about retirement. But Seang Loy has always had big plans. For 10 years, she saved money from a small fish-selling business in Kampong Speu’s provincial capital, where average profits were 5 USD per day. A few years ago, using her house as collateral, she took a small loan from a microfinance institution to buy a plot of land in a good location on the national road outside the provincial town…READ MORE…

OM John
OM JohnKampong Speu province

Om John has always been a risk-taker. In his mid-thirties, John has been variously the owner of a mid-sized rice milling plant, a motorcycle and car mechanic, a wholesale wood seller and most recently a pre-cast concrete manufacturer. Some businesses have had more success than others (John’s wood selling business went bust after 1 year), but all have involved a lot of hard work and willingness to take business risks. Om John moved to his current location in the remote reaches of Kampong Speu’s Phnom…READ MORE…