Routes to escape poverty and subsistence farming
Cambodia has a long history of suffering. However, from a political perspective the country has been relatively stable since 1999. The economy, which started out a low level, has been growing at 7 % annually in the last 20 years. Cambodia is the poorest country in Southeast Asia with a per capita income of USD 1,140 (2016). Around two-thirds of the population live in rural areas, frequently depending on subsistence farming, and isolated from local markets. This is why KfW, on behalf of the German government, is investing in rural infrastructure, so that people can trade and gain access to schools and healthcare facilities. This approach is complemented effectively by KfW promoting healthcare services, as well as small and medium-sized enterprises through local financial institutions.