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Neang NHOR

Cambodia

Rice is a staple and growing it is a central part of rural life. As another planting season approaches, rice farmers work hard to prepare their field to produce a high-quality harvest. Relying on their small rice crop for an income of about $14 a day, Neang seeks a loan to buy more land to cultivate different crops. With a higher yield from the extra land, Neang (43) hopes to make their future a little more secure.

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Mele Faapoi

Tonga

Mele (54) is a widow with three children and four grandchildren. She contributes to her family’s income by weaving traditional mats. She is seeking a loan to expand her business by buying pandanus leaves and other raw materials for her craftwork. She plans to use the increased profits to help provide for her family’s needs and make much-needed home improvements.

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Lavinia Tongia

Tonga

For the past few years, Lavinia (44) has been running a prepared meals canteen to support her five children. Her husband works hard as a laborer but his earnings are barely enough to support the basic needs of his large family. Lavinia seeks a loan to buy more ingredients and containers, and expand her output of home-cooked dishes and snacks. She will prepare more of these ready-to-eat meals at home, and deliver them to a local food stall. With the expanded output, Lavinia is confident she will be able to earn enough to cover her children’s school costs.

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Sokchan NHOR

Cambodia

All farming is seasonal and so the soil must be replenished after each harvest. Sokchan lives in a rural village with her husband and four children. The parents are day labourers, but also have a small plot where they cultivate garlic. As the garlic season approaches, they want to achieve the best possible yield, so Sokchan requests a loan to buy seeds. A bigger crop will add to the family income, and Sokchan hopes to save some of it to renovate her home.

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Lorn SORN

Cambodia

Lorn (34) and her husband are chilli farmers and fisherfolk,and together earn $4 a day from their enterprises. As she has been unable to save much from their income, Lorn must raise a loan to buy a water pump to irrigate her chilli farm. Better fertility should boost its yield, and Lorn hopes to increase her sales and savings. In future, she will use the cash to expand their other business and buy a new fishing boat.

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Nelly Oliverio

Philippines

Nelly helps her husband support their family by running a variety store in their village. As family funds have been tight, she has had to use some of the store’s takings to pay household expenses. Now her inventory is running low and she cannot afford to restock. Nelly (41) needs a loan to refill her shelves and replenish stocks. As sales recover, she will use the profit to sustain her children’s education and ensure a bright future for them.

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