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Latrine Business Owner

Hat Tin was a struggling Cambodian businesswoman, producing and selling concrete toilet rings in her local community. She would sell as many latrines as she could but had trouble competing with other latrine businesses. Without business training, she could never keep track of her monthly earnings or even her own salary. Despite a full schedule, she found time to participate in an iDE-supported women’s business training course every weekend for six weeks. Today, she prioritizes her expenses, preparing for the slow season when sales are slow. She purchased an interlocking brick press to expand her business offering into supplies for home construction and increased her staff from 7 to 12 employees. Tin’s enterprise has sold over 3,500 latrines since 2020. “These machines, this truck, most of this whole place,” says Hat Tin gesturing at her place of business. ”It probably wouldn’t be here if I didn’t choose to start working with iDE.”

What's next for Tin

She now plans to expand her business, supplying concrete panels for walls, fences, and house foundations. If she can manage it, she believes her profits will increase and she’ll keep paying her staff, and possibly hire more workers.

Hat Tin holds a 40 Under 40 certificate presented to her by the iDE Cambodia management team for exemplifying the highest qualities of entrepreneurship: business savvy, courage, community-mindedness, innovation, leadership, and grit. Tin also deserves to be recognized for showing that women can succeed in male-dominated industries while improving the quality of life in their communities for other women and girls.

Tin's Details

  • Cambodia
  • Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
Entrepreneur Impact
  • Job Creation
  • Availability of Technology
  • Production
  • Local Distribution & Sales
Ecosystem Impact
  • Food & Nutrition Security
  • Water Security
  • Environmental Protection
  • Local Economic Development

Country Profile

  • 146/189

    Human Development Index (HDI) Rank

  • 18%

    Poverty Rate

  • 17 Million People


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