[Please note that we completed our Cambodia Business Seminar Trip. We held 2 Seminars in Phnom Penh and in Kraing Trong Village. The original budget was $1,700 and the actual was $1,700. Please see the Related Documents section for our complete Trip Report. Thank you for your support!]
Cambodia has had a long history of war and genocide. Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s was one of the most brutal in history. His regime’s twisted Communist ideology resulted in the deaths of 2 million people (¼ of the population of Cambodia). Decades of war have left the country with little basic infrastructure outside of the capital. Its economy is one of the poorer in the world and it is ranked 152th out of 195 countries as measured by GDP per capita according to CIA World Facts. Subsistence farming remains the main source of income for most rural Cambodians.
However, Cambodia has seen rapid economic progress in the past years with its two largest industries of textiles and tourism growing. Foreign investment into the country is growing. Many Cambodians though lack adequate business skills and training.
WCF involvement in Cambodia dates to 2007 when we brought our first medical team to work in remote villages that lacked medical care. As part of our overall goal to help nationals in their short-term and long-term needs, WCF will sponsor a series of business seminars in Cambodia in 2014.
Consider partnering with us as we begin our business development and training efforts in Cambodia for the first time in 2014 to enable Cambodians to become self-sufficient in business.
[9/5/14: Note Adjustment to Budget: We finalized our budget numbers with our Cambodian partners and this is now $1700 for translators and meeting costs. Other costs will be covered by our volunteer team]