A loan of $900 helped to rent two hectares of farmland to grow yams.

Ban's story

Ban P., 52, is a farmer and lives about 125 miles from the capital of Phnom Penh City, Cambodia. Living in the Kampong Cham, she typically makes US$ 3 each day. She says planting rice is difficult as the weather conditions are often bad. She uses a lot of labor but earns little to support her family and sometime face up problems with the water supply.

Ban P. told a loan officer that it is strange because in the rainy season sometimes there is not enough water for planting. Inflation is a main factor that contributes to every single farmer's making less profit. The price of everything has skyrocketed including agricultural products such as fertilizer and rice seed. Most farmers can not afford the high price of fertilizer; that is why they make less output.

Ban P.'s husband works collecting palm juice to refine to sugar and makes US$ 2 per day. This couple together has seven children, five of whom are students. Two others are employed. Ban P. is asking for a loan of US$ 900 to rent two hectares of farmland to grow yams.

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