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Chhay Mach and her husband, Seng Ny, struggled to make ends meet by raising pigs and selling fruit in their impoverished Cambodian village. But their profits were not enough to feed the six children who shared their crowded, leaf-roofed house, or to pay for school supplies. To supplement the family's income, their oldest son had to drop out of school to work as a day laborer
"I very seldom bought meat for my children," Chhay Mach recalls. "I could not afford books for my children. Younger children used books with remaining blank pages passed on by their elder siblings."
Then Chhay received a microloan from World Vision that enabled her to start a boiled corn business, while her husband purchased tools to carry on his father's trade as a barber. The loans have transformed their lives.
Today, the family lives in a solid wood home and Chhay's heart is filled with hope: "Besides [having] enough food, all of my children can go to school."