Peng S., 25, is a professional decorates handicrafts living at home in the Takeo province. Since 2006, she has been using beads and other materials to make flower on woman clothes to earn a living and typically making US$3 each day. Decorates handicrafts is a kind of Khmer traditional dress and people wear it during Water Festival, P’chum Ben or Khmer New Year. It takes around 7-10 days to complete each dress and its price is expensive too. Most of the people prefer hand made than machine made. She said she knows how to decorate from her mother and she started doing that business since she not married yet. Her husband is a mechanic fixing motorbike. He typically makes US$3 each day. This couple has two young children. Peng is asking for a loan of US$1200 to purchase mechanic tools for her husband.
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