Contraception to Garment Factory Workers

Kaushi Kogar Cambodia, News, Stories

I had been looking for a long-term contraceptive for a long time….Now I am happy using my IUD and have no problems.Lak Maksy, Cambodia

‘I am Maksy. I am 35 years old. I have two sons, aged 11 and 13. They are smart and do well at school, so my goal is to support them to go to university.’

Like many garment factory workers in Cambodia, Maksy has big dreams for the future, for herself and her family. Fourteen years ago, she and her husband moved to Phnom Penh from their rural home province of Takeo, to earn money to start a family. She has worked in her current factory for nine years.

Contraception is an important part of Maksy’s future plans.‘I use an IUD,’ says Maksy. ‘I don’t want to be pregnant yet, not for a long time. [My husband and I] need to earn money to support our children through school.’

Maksy’s children live in Takeo with their grandparents and Maksy dreams of one day re-joining her family. ‘If I have enough money, I will go back to Takeo to live with my children,’ she said. ‘I’ll open a small business selling groceries…I’d be very happy to live with my family again.’

By using a voluntary contraceptive method, Maksy has taken an important first step towards achieving the financial independence and family life that she seeks. ‘I had been looking for a long-term method for a long time but I couldn’t find one,’ she says.

Fortunately, Maksy’s factory participates in the WorkerHealth project, implemented by Marie Stopes International Cambodia with the Evidence Project and funding from USAID. The project trains midwives in garment factory infirmaries to provide comprehensive contraceptive counselling, strengthens provision of short term methods, and expands method choice by providing referrals for voluntary long acting methods.

‘I visited the infirmary and had counselling about different methods. I decided to use IUD. Now I am happy using [it] and have no problems,’ says Maksy.

Women like Maksy are proving that access to voluntary contraception has a positive impact for individuals, families and whole communities, as she invests her energy and money in educating her children. With her own determination to succeed, and the quality contraceptive services made available by the WorkerHealth program, Masky is shaping her life and helping her family onward to a bright future.

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