Youk P. is a rattan cupboard maker who is 61 and is a good mother caring for six children. Four of them are married and live independently, while the other two are single (a daughter is a garment worker and a son works making rattan). Youk P. was married, but her husband died of senility years ago. Youk P. and her son are shown in the photo.
Since 2006, Youk P. has owned a small handicraft business. She makes rattan cupboards for sale, a skill she earned from her grandmother. Recently, Youk P. built a medium-sized stall behind her house where she plans to raise female ducks in order to produce eggs for sale. Because she doesn’t have enough money to make that possible, she seeks a loan from Kiva through HKL to be used to buy many ducks to begin breeding.
Hattha Kaksekar Limited is one of the largest and most successful microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Cambodia. The organization provides microfinance services to the poor, particularly women, in urban and rural areas. Kiva lenders’ funds will be used to expand the outreach of HKL’s financial services to a greater number of clients in rural areas of Cambodia.