A loan of $1,000 helped to buy two cows.


Puch's story

Puch Y. is a 40-year-old housewife in the province of Siem Reap. She depends on her husband, Vun Pat, to provide for her and for their three children who still live at home; Vun's business is recharging batteries. These large batteries (similar to car batteries) are used to power lights in places with no electricity. He earns the equivalent of $4 US per day. The family actually has six children, but three of them are married and live outside the family home. The oldest child living at home is a construction worker and contributes to the family income. Puch Y. recently came into possession of some farmland, but needs cows to plow it. Once it has been plowed, she and her older children will plant their first rice crop. If they can produce food for themselves, their cost of living will decrease, allowing them to save money in other areas. (Mr. Vun Pat is pictured because his wife is not available)



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