A loan of $1,200 helped to purchase the long grass in bulk that is required to make brooms.

Sou's story

Sou S. Oa, 49, has a business selling brooms around Phnom Penh city and earns approximately US$8 each day. His wife, Sok Saren, stays at home making the brooms for her husband to sell (pictured). The broom are made from a long grass which grows in the forest. People that live in the outskirts, especially along the railway, have businesses making brooms and selling them throughout Phnom Penh city. The couple began making and selling brooms in 1998. They have three children, all of whom are employed as garment factory workers.

She told a loan officer that every month she needs to spend around US$80 on food and US$15 on utility. Mr. Sou is requesting a loan from Kiva via CREDIT, Kiva's local partner, to purchase the long grass in bulk. This will save money and allow his wife to increase the number of brooms that she can make. The couple plan to distribute the brooms to other small sellers. In the future, if possible, Mr. Sou wants to have a small truck to transport the brooms.

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