Penniless Widow Gets Help Starting a Business

A widow and her son struggle for survival in Laos. Then came a landmine and a storm—could things get any worse?
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A widow and her son struggle for survival in Laos. Then came a landmine and a storm—could things get any worse?
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CBN.com —Land mines have caused craters, injuries, and hardship in this village in Laos in Southeast Asia. Khampha told CBN that a land mine exploded near her in 2000 while she was planting corn. Shrapnel struck her in the lower back causing permanent injury.

Then five years ago, the situation got worse when Khampha's husband died.

"When we didn't have money for food, I would gather wild plants to cook, or beg for a little food from our neighbors," she told us. "My son also tried to catch frogs in the bushes for our dinner."

Khampha cares for her son Nhoy, 21, who has special needs. They were barely surviving when a storm destroyed the roof on their bamboo home.

"My neighbors volunteered to help fix my roof. They even collected some money for materials but it wasn't enough," she said.

When CBN learned about Khampha and her son, we bought new zinc sheets to replace the roof on their home. We then gave her some pigs to start a small livestock business. Nhoy enjoys helping his mom with the animals.

A few months later, Khampha's sow gave birth and she sold some of the piglets for a good price. Thanks to her new business, they won't face hunger again.

"I am so happy that our roof has been replaced with better materials," said a relieved Khampha.

"I'm very happy that CBN came to our village. You helped us so we have food to eat and a roof over our heads. Thank you so much!"

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