Two months ago, Sok Sathya spent less than a dollar for a kilogram of oranges to sell from his sidewalk stall across from a row of garment factories in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district. Now the same oranges cost Mr. Sathya, 39, more than 6,000 riel, or about $1.50, per kilogram. He has, in turn, raised his prices from 5,500 riel (about $1.37) to 7,500 riel (about $1.87) per kg of oranges. Mr. Sathya’s customers in the factories have in turn, for the most part, stopped buying his oranges. “It’s very difficult now. In the past, everything was cheap—the
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