COVID-19’s impact on the homebased workers in 6 member countries of HomeNet Southeast Asia: Cambodia, as of the end of March 2020
✨ HomeNet Cambodia✨
The Cambodian government does not have any schemes for supporting formal and informal workers, micro-small-medium social enterprises/businesses.
There is no loan with low interest, no regulation of micro-finance institution-banks etc. regarding the delay of loan repayment for a certain period.This affects many HBWs who borrowed money for increasing their production capacity.
There is an announcement to discount 50% for poor families for utilizing electricity and will be effective this month.
When the borders closed, many of HBWs still produce the products from home and sell locally; however, there are fewer and fewer buyers.
As for HBWs who are in Phnom Penh, they make masks from cotton Krama and sell them either wholesale or retail through local trade fairs, but the HNC coordinator told them not to join any new fair anymore to prevent the spread of Covid-19. So they still make masks and sell through their Facebook.
Many of the Artisan Association of Cambodia (AAC) members, who are the buyers of HBWs, have closed for at least for one month, and will make the decision to operate or not after that, but they still pay their workers. Some pay full salary, others pay a certain percentage, depending on their financial situation.
Cambodian people call on the government to talk to the banks and micro-finance institutions to delay the repayment but there is no reaction from the government yet, The HNC coordinator keeps following up on this.
Covid-19 Testing is still limited and the number of infections is increasing.
Fortunately, there is no HBW or AAC artisaninfected as of today.
Face book talk about Covid-19 is also not very open.
As a fair trade Association: AAC/NHC has actively been working on sending information regarding Covid-19 and Personal Protective Equipment.
The Cambodian government has used hotels for Covid-19 infected patients.
The new announcement from government: schools are being prepared for patients if there is a high rise in number.
There are seven medical persons from China helping to combat Covid-19.
The Prime Minister plans to put Cambodia in emergency state, using martial law soon.