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CWS has supported a local partner, KCDA, to set up rice banks in several villages. In the past, families who ran out of basic food.would have to borrow rice from rice lenders who charged 100% interest. If they borrow one kilo, they must pay with 2 kilos. So the.families would fall further and further behind. With a rice bank, the members build an elevated shed, that is supported initially with a cache of emergency rice. When a family runs short of food, they can.borrow rice, and pay it back at only 20% interest. Slowly the bank.builds a surplus of food that is made available to members as.emergency rations for any family in distress. One of the quiet successes of this program is that it fosters a sense of community that.was largely lost during the war. One woman said, "before we kept to ourselves. But now that we meet regularly, we know each other better and we are friends."..In one village in the Samlout district, the committee agreed that the most urgent need was a bridge to cross the sometimes raging river that split their community in half. Pictures show children playing in the river with bridge beyond during the dry season. But during the rainy season the river is so dangerous that they cannot get across to go to school or for any emergency. One elderly woman was swept away when she tried to cross with produce to sell.
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CWS has supported a local partner, KCDA, to set up rice banks in several villages.  In the past, families who ran out of basic food.would have to borrow rice from rice lenders who charged 100% interest. If they borrow one kilo, they must pay  with 2 kilos.  So the.families would fall further and further behind.  With a rice bank, the members build an elevated shed, that is supported initially with a cache of emergency rice.  When a family runs short of food, they can.borrow rice, and pay it back at only 20% interest.  Slowly the bank.builds a surplus of food that is made available to members as.emergency rations for any family in distress.  One of the quiet successes of this program is that it fosters a sense of community that.was largely lost during the war.  One woman said, "before we kept to ourselves.  But now that we meet regularly, we know each other better and we are friends."..In one village in the Samlout district, the committee agreed that the most urgent need was a bridge to cross the sometimes raging river that split their community in half.  Pictures show children playing in the river with bridge beyond during the dry season.  But during the rainy season the river is so dangerous that they cannot get across to go to school or for any emergency.  One elderly woman was swept away when she tried to cross with produce to sell.