Kdep O., aged 40, is a widowed mother blessed with four children. One of her daughters is married and lives away from home, while the others are single and working. To earn a living, Kdep O. sells traditional mats that she weaves from her home. She makes the mats from palm leaf. She normally prepares a whole set of mats before selling it to her customer. She also orders and buys any mats from other weavers to serve her customer’s needs. She always waits to get orders from her customers before weaving a mat. Kdep O. requests a loan which will be used to buy a motorcycle to use as transportation and she will use any money remaining of the loan to buy more raw materials to make mats.
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.