Chantha has one set of musical instruments usually called Thong Bas in Khmer. The people in the countryside prefer to rent Thong Bas to entertain and dance in weddings, some religious ceremonies, and, especially, during the Khmer New Year.
Besides his business of renting out Thong Bas to his villagers, Chantha also built a water storage tower and has distributed water to houses in the neighborhood. He runs a private water utility service. His wife is a garment worker.
Chantha is now in the process of building his kitchen (pictured), but the kitchen is not finished yet. Hence, he decided to request a loan to finish it.
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