In Preah Vihear province, located in the north eastern part of Cambodia, a district leader, a community representative and a local entrepreneur have joined forces to raise the standards of living within their community. From building affordable toilets to creating awareness about hygienic practices, these three members of the Thmey commune are committed to improving the health of their neighbours, especially children.
Improving quality of life one toilet at a time
Mr. Chorn Vanna building a toilet pan© UNICEF Cambodia/2016/Patricia Chourio
Mr. Chorn Vanna, 37 years old, is a local entrepreneur from Preah Vihear who is running a successful business building affordable toilets for his community.
He grew up watching his father doing construction work and learned to build septic tanks and toilets at an early age. People in his commune had no access to toilets and would practice open defecation regularly. That’s why in 2005 he decided to launch his business with the hopes of improving the quality of life of his commune members and his family.