A shophouse in the alley


Srey (on the left) migrated from a rural Cambodian village. She moved to the city to earn cash for her parents who are still working in the fields.

In the city, she joined her older brother who had migrated earlier, together with his wife and son.

All four of them live together in a small room room tucked discreetly into the alley. This room serves as both their private home and a public store.

During the day, all their products are displayed on the street to sell. At night, they bring all the provisions back into their room for storage.

School is expensive for them, so her nephew goes to a primary school down the street run for free by a Buddhist temple. Meanwhile, after school, he can be seen helping his dad and aunt at the shop.

Shopkeeper Stories is a photo-documentary of small business owners and their trades around the world, sharing their insights, stories and views. You can see all the posts on Instagram and Facebook @ShopkeeperStories



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