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Land loss and abuses in Cambodia’s microfinance sector

Microfinancing is sending some Cambodians deeper into poverty.

More than 2 million people in Cambodia currently have a loan with a microfinance institution.

Levels of debt have skyrocketed in recent years, says a joint report from the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights and Sahmakum Teang Tnaut.

Debts lead to a number of human rights abuses, including coerced land sales, child labor, debt-driven migration, and bonded labor.

The video covers the effects of debt on one rural Cambodian woman and her family.

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