Mrs. Soun K., 55, owns a large plantation that she inherited from her grandparent, where she plants many kinds of fruit from which to earn a living. She grows papaya, jackfruit, coconut, and mango, which she will sell when they are ripe. Her husband assists with her in planting crops. He owns a small garage where he provides a vehicle washing service. Soun K. has seven children: one is married and the others single. Two of them are employed: one son is a painter and one daughter farms rice. Soun K.’s son has had a painting trade for years, but he doesn’t have a good location for his service. That is why Soun K. is applying for a US$1200 loan to purchase a shop.
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.