Mrs. Oun T., 39, and her husband, Mr. San Sous, 38, who live in a small village across the Mekong river, about twenty kilometers from Phnom Penh, were married in 1987 and have four children; two sons and two daughters. Three of their children study in the local school and their youngest daughter is still young and stays at home. In addition to her children, she also has two brothers living with her as well.
Oun has been a silk weaver since 1996. She sells her finished work to the middleman who then takes it to sell in Phnom Penh market. In addition to silk weaving, she raises pigs as well. Her husband has been a cow seller for twenty years. It is a skill he learned from his parents. He buys cows from other provinces (Battam Bong, Kandal, Prey Veng...) for resale in Phnom Penh.
Oun is requesting a loan to purchase cows for her husband to resell.
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