Soy K. is 48 years old and has been farming her rice fields in Siem Reap province since 1980. Her husband, Saom Kean, works day to day beside her as they struggle to raise their children. Together they can earn only $2.50 US per day on average. They have seven children, three of whom are already married. Only one child is still in school, and the other three who remain unmarried farm with their parents. For poor farmers, children serve as a kind of guarantee or security. When Soy K. is too old to work she wants to have built a business her children can continue and that also allows them to take care of her. Her loan will go towards buying a small tractor which she will use to plow her farmland each season; she will also be able to leave this investment to her children, who will continue to work as farmers. Soy also has plans to expand into livestock once she can afford the pigs. She is pictured here with a neighbor's pig.
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