Uon M., 35, is a hard-working woman who lives in Phnom Penh city, where she makes a living selling cakes in front of a garment factory. Her husband contributes to the family's income by driving a motorbike taxi. The couple has two children, both of them in school. In Cambodia, this is the time of year when fish are in abundant supply and prices are especially low, so Uon is applying for this loan to buy a large amount of fish to turn into paste to sell to her customers.
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.