Mr. Bountong and his family own today several tea plots of a total area of two hectares. He works with his wife on the tea fields every day, except during the rice season and the coldest months of the year. Together they can harvest fourteen kilos of tea per day, which corresponds to two kilos of dry tea. In addition, Mr Bountong maintains several areas of wild tea trees. During March from June, he sells his planted tea for up to three hundred yuan per kilo (forty euros) and up to nine hundred yuan (one hundred twenty euros) for his wild tea: ensuring an annual income higher than five thousand euros.
"Tea production has changed everything for our village. Before, only pig raising enabled some income when we needed to buy rice or staple products. Today, every family of the village has comfortable income thanks to tea production."
- Mr. Bountong, Ban Sehopene.
"Now I see myself as a tea farmer and producer. I have money from selling tea that my husband gave to me. I can decide on what I want to buy, such as clothes and things for my children and myself. I am happy to have a proper house and motorbike. I can send three kids to school and have enough food and clothes for them."
- Ms. Samor, Ban Sehopene.