2.8 million Cambodians were living under the poverty line in 2020

Cyclo drivers Choy Pich 78 and Sin Met 65 waiting for customers along a street in Phnom Penh, December 6, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

As workers began heading out for lunch in central Phnom Penh last week, a grey-haired cyclo driver smiled and waved, hoping to entice a fare. As had been the case nearly every other day that week, Choy Pech, 78, had failed to find a single passenger though he had been out since early morning.