Mong Ran

Mong Ran is one of many Cambodians who has AIDS. She lives on the outskirts of Phnom Penh with her three children, the youngest of whom also has AIDS. Her husband died of the disease in 2005, which is when Ran learned that she and her daughter, Thyda, had it. Her life prior to receiving a micro-credit loan was largely influenced by the prejudice associated with having AIDS, namely an inability to find work. To earn a living, she helped a friend sell goods at the market, taking home 500 riel ($0.125) per day. Upon receiving a loan, she was able to open a food stall in her own home, which serves members of the immediate community who lack the capacity to travel into Phnom Penh for their goods. Her income has grown to 10,000 riel ($2.50) per day. Upon repaying her loan, she plans on taking out another to expand her business and thus increase her monthly earnings.


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