Mounting Debt and Factory Closures Squeezes Kampong Speu Garment Workers

The findings demonstrated that there were some 2.4 million Cambodian borrowers at the start of 2019, holding a total debt of $8 billion.

For the last five years, Seum Sreyoun has woken up at 5 a.m., rushed to finish her housework and then gotten ready for the 5:30 a.m. truck to her workplace.

The 39-year-old would then brave an hour-long treacherous ride to the garment factory crammed into the back of a flatbed truck with other workers.

However, now she no longer has to wake up at 5 a.m. because her factory, Winning Dragon Leatherwear Cambodia, suspended work last week due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. That pandemic has also infected 117 people in Cambodia, so far.

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