A frog breeder who starts from zero to become a knowledge transferer to the people in the village
The Participatory Community Development for Livelihoods Improvement and Nutrition Promotion in Rural Areas (LAN) has been implemented by The Association for Rural Mobilisation and Improvement (ARMI) in 30 villages: Atsaphone, Thapangthong District, Savannakhet Province, and DakChueng District, Sekong Province.
Tan is 32 years old, lives in Sinonxay Village, Atsaphone District, Savannakhet Province. There are 4 people in the family: Tan, his wife and 2 children. They are engaged in farming, which in the past did not have enough rice to eat every year. When the team went down to assess that his family would receive support for frog raising activities. He said: "I don't have knowledge and experience about raising frogs, I'm afraid that they won't grow up, I'm afraid they'll die because I don't know the technique and how to raise them" but the project team also explained that we will be the facilitators, give knowledge, introduce techniques and provide him with frogs.
In 2021, the project supported 500 frogs, provided equipment for 1 frog breeding tank, 1 feeding head and 8 meters of sun protection cloth as well as introduced and taught techniques on how to raise frogs, feeding, changing water, including finding natural food supplements that are easily found in the home such as: termites, moonshine, insects, etc. Because he is someone who learns quickly and is successful, he became an important person that the villagers respect and often come to ask for advice on raising frogs. It can be said that he represents the project team that can provide knowledge and suggest good methods to the community.
Tan said: "When I received the activity and worked until it was successful, I now felt proud to receive the activity. After receiving the activity, the family has changed for the better, the income has increased (the income from selling frogs is about 450,000 kip/time).