Navy T., 36, is married and resides with her three young children and her husband in the Takeo province. She is a professional decorator of handicrafts. Since 1996, she has been using beads and other materials to make flowers on women's clothes to earn a living, typically making US$2.5 each day. She decorates 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 the price is expensive too. Most of the people prefer handmade than machine made. She said she learned how to decorate from her mother and she started doing that business before she was married. Navy T. would like to take out a loan of US$400 to reinvest in her business.
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