Like thousands of women living in disadvantaged communities in Cambodia, Mrs Chheng’s household existed on less than $2 per day, and she struggled daily to support the needs of her 10 children. Through her participation in the Assisi Self-Help Group (SHG) program in her community, Mrs Chheng was able to access a small loan of $200 to set up a fish-smoking enterprise. The SHG group facilitates a “savings club” from which members can draw small loans for micro-enterprises. In the two years since joining the SHG Mrs Chheng has established a thriving business, resulting in a whopping 600% increase in income! The SHG model has been used throughout India and now in Cambodia for decades, building community economic development and women’s empowerment to break the cycle of poverty in the most disadvantaged communities.