Heng Ly Chhe - Translator
Thirty one-year-old Heng Ly Chhe used to unemployed in Sihanoukville where she grew up. She was uninterested in the menial jobs that were available in the town until she heard about a vacancy at Hongdou International Garment Co Ltd.
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“I worked through the ranks to become a translator for our Chinese supervisors and local staff.
“I learnt Mandarin while I was working here,” says Chhe who has been employed for the past seven years.
She says she enjoys being a translator for both quarters in the factory.
“I learn and teach new things to my colleagues and supervisors daily,” she adds.
Teng Hort - Garment worker
Previously a farmer, Teng Hort, 28, decided to join the garment factory to earn a stable living.
“Being a farmer meant that I had to do a lot of work. It is tiring and not very rewarding. We spend more than what we earn. So I decided to get a job here,” says Hort.
He earns a better salary and is only required to do eight hour shifts as per the labour law.
Hort, who is in charge of sewing coats for export at Hongdou International Garment Co Ltd, works in SSEZ with his 23-year-old wife, employed in a furniture factory.
“Our salaries help to sustain our household needs,” said the father of one.