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Phearin and Samby have four children and one on the way. Financially it is tough for them to provide for the children. However, they have no choice but to send their two eldest children (8 and 11 years old) to work collecting rubbish to earn money to buy food.
Samby fell ill a few years ago with a fever and is now permanently disabled. This has been hard for Samby and the family to adjust to financially, emotionally and socially. They travel 20kms every day to collect river snails for selling, working 10 to 12 hours per day. After all costs are paid for they are able to tale less than USD 5 per day. They leave the children unsupervised while they work to provide for the family.
When Khemara conducted the community education sessions to introduce childcare centres to Koh Dach, Phearin and Samby were happy to leave their children in a safe and educational environment.
Through Khemara’s public health project the family also receive free health checks.
Houn Navy always dreamt of being a stylist. At 28, she started a salon at a small scale offering hair dressing and selling nail products. She earned about $2/day in profit, which was hardly sufficient for her livelihood. That is when she learned about Khemara Income generation program, and approached us for a loan. With good personal reputation and a sound business plan, her loan request for $120 was approved. Since then, she used the loan to expand and scale up her business – from wedding gown rentals to hair product sales – which drove her daily profit up to $10-12/day. On good days, that figure goes up to $25/day.
Through the year Khemara supported her and gave her business advice such as bookkeeping and pricing lessons, and marketing tools such as posters to attract more customers. She has made her last repayment and through additional savings program with Khemara, has received $72 back.
She now has the financial start to help her children and be proud of her business.
Cheque to be made to: Khemara
Address: KHEMARA, #189C, Group #8, Lou Village, Svay Pak Commune, Russey Keo District, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Account Name: Khemara Emergency Fund
Account Number : 2300-01-689983-11
Bank code / SWIFT code: ACLBKHPP
Bank Name: ACLEDA Bank Plc.,
Bank Address: #61, Preah Monivong Blvd., Sangkat Srah Chork, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh ,Cambodia.