Chhem R., age 35, is married and has three school-aged children. She lives with her husband (pictured) in Siem Reap province. Her husband’s business is the primary source of income for her family. He is a skillful fisherman who always works hard everyday at the nearby fishing spots, typically earning US$7 per day.
The financial crisis has been difficult for business in Cambodia this past year. This factor has played into a difficult economic year for much of the country, R. included. The country's economic struggles always seem to affect the poor the most. In light of the country's economic difficulties, R. is seeking to increase her income and improve her husband’s business. She is asking for a loan of US$1000 to purchase a new motorbike and a boat machine. By doing so, she will be able to transport fish from her husband to sell at the nearby local markets. Also, she believes that the boat machine will be so useful for her husband to go fishing faster and easier and catch more fish to generate more income to raise a good standard of living for her family.
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