People in Yea Ang commune used to spend more than an hour along the rice fields crossing several villages to travel the 3.5km to the main road for their daily necessities – however, that is now thankfully a thing of the past.
Under the patronage of Wing (Cambodia) Limited Specialised Bank, the 3.5km road restoration project started in January this year was completed and declared open last Saturday during a ceremony held in Kampong Speu province’s Thporng district.
The event was graced by Manu Rajan, Wing CEO, Choeun Samphorn, deputy governor of Thporng district, Keo Yoeurn, chief of Yea Ang commune, Hor Bunthe, Wing’s deputy CEO, and Lao Sheanghai, director of Human Resources at Wing, as well as Wing staff and the local community.
At the ceremony, which was participated in by more than 400 people who live in the area, Manu cut a ribbon to inaugurate the renovated road for public use, presenting it to 647 households in four villages in Yea Ang commune.
“This road has not only created better access to essential services like accessing finance, healthcare and education, but it will also improve the local economy by connecting local products to markets,” Manu said.
Yoeurn said: “During rainy season, the damaged road was in such poor condition that villagers struggled to travel along it by vehicle. Due to the difficulty of reaching markets to sell their agricultural produce and other goods, rural people were locked into subsistence farming, while students also missed their classes.
“With the support of Wing, more than 2,800 individuals will be able to access the smooth new road every day, and it will absolutely improve their standard of living. Their farming will be increased, their children will be able to attend school and their families will have greater access to food.”
Without access, rural communities face much greater obstacles in obtaining health, education and other social services.
Through this donation, Wing has again demonstrated its commitment to improving the daily lives of Cambodians by helping to improve accessibility, which supports sustainable community development.