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Fruit: The in-demand snack

8 Fruit seller

Every 5pm and 11pm behind Vanda Institute, many young people on bicycles, motorbikes and in cars gather to purchase fruit and sauces.

Chhin Young, 36, stands for hours holding a knife in one hand while wearing a white plastic glove in the other. She is very busy cutting fruit into pieces and packing sauces for her waiting customers.

Fresh mango, guava, and many other types of fruits are available on a big cart. Many sauces and seasonings are also available, including chilli salt, kapi, prahok and salt with shrimp. She said that she only sells fresh fruit without any of the chemical additives that may make products last longer.

Young said that she started her business over 10 years ago with a small basket of fruit.

She added that people from all backgrounds go to her business everyday to try her fruit. In addition to students, she also receives security guards, other vendors and staff from banks and hospitals.

She said that she can sell around 100 kilograms of pickled mango everyday. Other fruits, such as green mango, sell around 50 or 60 kilograms a day.

She added that the three most important keys to her success are having good-tasting products, being honest and keeping her shop hygienic. Consequently, her customers enjoy her fruit and continue to trust her.

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