A loan of $700 helped to buy more alcoholic drinks and repair her house.


Yem's story

Yem S. is married and has two school-aged children. She lives with her husband (pictured in front of his house, which is rented to other people) and children in Phnom Penh. To make a living, she sells a type of "hard" alcoholic drink in front of her house, typically earning a gross income of US $3.00 per day. Their primary source of income is her husband’s business. He is a police officer and he rents part of his house to other people, earning collectively an income of US $5.00 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, S. included. The country's economic struggles always seem to affect the poor the most. In light of the country's economic difficulties, S. is seeking to increase her income and improve her business. She is asking for a loan of US $700 to purchase more alcoholic drinks to expand her business. With the remainder of the money, she wants to repair her house. By doing so, she believes that she will be able to raise her family's standard of living.



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