Toul Tompong, Phnom Penh

Toul Tompong, Phnom Penh

It’s early morning, yet it will be hot soon enough. The lady must fill her cart, if she is to make the tiny profit needed to survive.

She will rove the streets and buy bottles and paper and cardboard from residents. The residents will bargain hard. Once the cart is near overflowing she’ll push it to a recycling centre and cash in.

On a good day the profit is 10,000 riel. That’s $2.50


Tiny Profit


9 thoughts on “Tiny Profit

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  4. This is tough. Out here, we have similar people collecting plastic, glass and metal which they then sell to central recyclers. But they do not have to pay for the stuff to start with,
    In Johannesburg, residents just put it outside for collection on Tuesdays and Fridays.

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