Sanitation in rural Cambodia is a booming business

Constructing a toilet in Cambodia. Photo: UNICEF

A low-cost, pour-flush latrine called "Easy Latrine" has become a hot item in rural Cambodia where UNICEF says less than 1 in 3 people have access to proper sanitation, one of the lowest rates in Southeast Asia.

Nearly 70 per cent of Cambodia's rural population, that's roughly 6.4 million people, still practice open defecation as their principle sanitation option. The latrine costs only $25 compared to the $500 models currently on the market, says Mab Klann of International Development Enterprises (IDE), thanks to their sanitation marketing project.

South India fishermen use power of collective action against debt bondage


For most of their lives, twelve fishermen in the Aruacottuthurai village, on the Tamil Nadu coast in South India, have lived like 'slaves'.

Every one of them was in debt to money-lenders. They in turn had inherited the debt from their fathers, according to Joanne Levitan of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). In an intricately corrupt system, she explains, the moneylenders, the local traders and village leaders were all in cahoots, ensuring that it was impossible for the fishermen to ever pay back what they owed.

Post Typhoon Haiyan relief effort: ILO emergency employment programme


An International Labour Organization (ILO) project to help disaster victims in the Philippines gain sustainable livelihoods has gone a long way towards rebuilding shattered lives. Before the typhoon, the country was still recovering from the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that happened in Bohol on 15 October. In December 2011, Tropical Storm Washi hit the island of Mindanao and killed hundreds of people. Now, ILO wants to replicate its successful "emergency employment programme" in the areas recently hit by typhoon Haiyan.

Presenter: Jocelyne Sambira
Production Assistant: Beng Poblete-Enriquez
Duration: 10'00"

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