Sourdough Bakery in Cambodia

Raised: $1,300.00
Goal: $2,500.00

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Zita Long

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Hi! My name is Zita and I'm an amateur homebaker, presently living in Cambodia, Southeast Asia. I've been baking regularly for about a year and I'm in love with sourdough (levain, sauert... more


Updated posted by Zita Long 5 months ago

An update on my progress:

I've been developing and testing new recipes, searching for suppliers in Thailand and Cambodia, and doing extensive research on sourdough...

A lot of hurdles to overcome but I won't give up. Remember, step by step.

Anyway, I'd like to show you my latest creation, still in development: Cashew Coconut Sourdough. (I can make it work, I'm telling ya!)

If you have any ideas or suggestions for "tropical" or "Cambodian" flavour combinations for bread, please feel free to post below or hit me a message. Thankies!



Updated posted by Zita Long 6 months ago

Great news everybody! I've found an investor and after a few days of negotiation, $1000 USD was invested into the bakery! Under favourable terms and conditions, too!!

I'm getting closer and closer... Just have to keep pushing until I'm there.

As always, any encouragement and contributions is appreciated. I wouldn't be where I am today without my beloved supporters.


Updated posted by Zita Long 6 months ago

Thank you to all the peeps and peeplings who have supported me. It means a lot and keeps me motivated. After receiving the harsh but perhaps deserved ridicule to raise funds on Facebook, I will continue to think positively and move forward...

I've good news!

Once my bakery is established, I will supply my breads to Siem Reap Sandwiches (, a sandwich shop owned and managed by Chef Michael. Rejoice, my first confirmed client!

It has also come to my attention that some of you prefer to transfer money into my bank account than donate through GoFundMe. I'm not sure why I didn't think of this sooner, but behold---I'm an idiot.

If you'd like my bank details, please contact me.

Again, thank you for your support. Any encouragement and contributions is highly appreciated.


Created by Zita Long on October 11, 2013

Hi! My name is Zita and I'm an amateur homebaker, presently living in Cambodia, Southeast Asia. I've been baking regularly for about a year and I'm in love with sourdough (levain, sauerteig, lievito madre).

Yes, I'm serious.

Sourdough is a culture of wild yeast and bacteria, used to raise and flavour dough instead of commercial yeast (instant, fresh, active dry, etc.). Since ancient times, dating back thousands of years, humans have prepared their breads this way. Unfortunately, since the invention of industrial white bread in the early 1900s, the practice of sourdough baking has sharply declined.

My goal, my fantasy, my current lifelong dream, is to open and operate a sourdough bread bakery in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Not just any bakery, but one that's also committed to humanitarian efforts---a "social enterprise", in other words. This will take the form of donating surplus profits to good causes, as well as employing the less fortunate.

"You're crazy!" you say. "A sourdough bakery in Cambodia?" Yes, I know, but at least I'm realistic. I'm fully aware that my baking skills are limited and the demand for real bread (sourdough) may be lacking where I am.

Having said that, I intend to take incremental steps, and start by baking small batches of bread at home to sell and deliver on weekends. I will also launch an ongoing "sourdough campaign" in Siem Reap to promote the benefits of sourdough. (Generally speaking, they're healthier and more flavourful than non-sourdough breads.)

But I can't do this alone... I need your help. I need a larger oven, larger tables, a mixer, and other equipment. $2,500 is a sufficient but minimal kick-starter. Beyond that, my chances of succeeding increases further.

Estimated Budget:
- Oven: $1,000
- Mixer: $500
- Cooler: $150
- Tables: $300
- Storage Bins: $60
- Miscellaneous: $265
- GoFundMe & PayPal Service Fees: 2500 * 9% = $225
- Cost of ingredients, rent, water, electricity, and other utilities will be funded by myself, if possible

Despite having a local network of friends to support me, I can't promise you that I'll succeed. But I can guarantee that I'll pour out my heart and soul---every drop of it---into this project. It's in my blood to bake and to deny myself of that would be the same as denying water to a goldfish.

Thank you for your support. My gratitude will always be yours. Truly.

(Special thanks goes to my cousin, Chhean. Without him, this page wouldn't be made possible.)


Below you'll find photos of my past "sourdough experiments". None of the photos were manipulated by Photoshop or other similar software.

Assorted Bagels: Seeded, Cheese, (Salted) Pretzel-Style, Plain

Basil Cheese Focaccia (American-Style)

Onigiri (Japanese Rice Ball) Bread

Water Wheel Buns

Light Whole Wheat Pumpkin Seed Bread

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Hey Zita, good luck with this project! would like to send you some funds from my cambodian accounts but it doesn't seems possible with godundme..... any other altrenatives or suggestions??

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Recent Donations (6)

$1,300 raised by 6 people in 6 months.


Chhean Khoun

5 months ago


Hey Zita, Good luck with this and we are proud of you! Sopath, Sarith and Boston




5 months ago



Chhean Khoun

5 months ago


Hey Zita, Good luck with this amazing idea and we are proud of you for following your dream and making it happen. I'm sure your vision will be shared by many people and will also inspire others to take part. Your efforts and time will make a huge difference in many lives and those who are less fortunate! Chhean




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Meg Rothman

6 months ago


Can't wait to visit your bakery when I return to siem reap.


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