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On location with our customers in Asia

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On location with our customers

What drives our customers?
What do they value in their working relationship with us?
And what do they want to achieve with us?

These are the questions we regularly ask our customers – this time in Cambodia, Vietnam and India.
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Cambodia

We land in Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital. It’s early morning. From here we move directly on towards the suburbs and straight into the bustling city traffic of mopeds, cars, bicycles, fully-loaded pick-ups and tuk-tuks.
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We meet Chieu Arnusorn, Vice President of Angkor Kasekam-Roongroeung Co. Ltd. in the small district of Angk Snoul.
The family-run business buys paddy rice from local smallholders, before processing and trading it.
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Chieu Arnusorn guides us through his company’s modern
rice mill.
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The firm purchases the husked rice from tens of thousands of contracted farmers. One of them is Khoy Hun.
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Back in the city centre, we’re scheduled to meet Say Sony, Senior Vice President of PRASAC, the country’s largest microfinance institute. Over the past few years, DEG has invested a total of USD 45 million in its long-term partner, PRASAC. The microfinance institute was thus able to extend numerous loans to small and medium-sized enterprises with low to middle income.
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85 percent of PRASAC’s borrowers are women, for instance Srey Pech. She set up her own business – a small sewing workshop – with a PRASAC loan. And now employs a staff of
20 women.
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Vietnam

We continue north on our journey towards Vietnam and
to the vibrant city of Hanoi.
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It’s mainly manufacturing industry that has sprung up in the provinces south-east of the Vietnamese capital, including many German businesses.
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The Bremen-based Ospig Group produces high-quality jeans and leisure wear. The company opened its factory PADMAC (PMV) in Vietnam at the end of 2015 with a long-term loan from DEG.
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The firm’s main focus is on manufacturing particularly sustainable and eco-friendly textiles. Neele Ahlers, Managing Director describes how this approach impacts the working conditions of the company's 1,200 staff.
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DEG also provided a long-term loan for the plant of an automotive supplier, Gentherm Automotive Systems Vietnam Ltd. Thermal engineering products such as heatable or coolable car seats are manufactured here at its 20,000 square meter premises.
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More than 900 jobs were created in the new production facility. Gentherm employs mainly local staff in both production and management positions.
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India

Pretty windy here in the Indian town of Raybag, our next stop. Home to a wind farm of our customer Bhoruka Power, that provides green power to around 175,000 People.
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What Managing Director S Chandrasekhar especially values about collaborating with DEG is professional support in implementing environmental and social standards.
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After a long journey through the southern Indian states of Karnataka and Kerala, we're finally there – right in the middle of the jungle – in the back of beyond, where black pepper is grown. It’s here that we meet Sebastian Elab, responsible for a farming association project, “Ecoland Herbs & Spices”.
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Sebastian takes us to meet smallholders, who plant and harvest high-quality organic spices in self-organised cooperatives for Ecoland Herbs & Spices.
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Rudof Bühler is the initiator of the project in the Indian jungle. The Managing Director of Ecoland Herbs & Spices coordinates various spice projects across the globe from his base in the small Schwabian town of Wolpertshausen, and manages the sales and marketing of organic spices in Germany. He’s already worked with DEG in Serbia and Zanzibar.
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Goodbye!

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