Loung S., 45, is married and the mother of six children. Two of her sons help provide the family with food by fishing around the river, while the other two sons attend school. Her husband, Saveth, age 43, earns a living fishing along the Tunle Sap River.
To earn a living, Loung S. either gets fish from her husband’s fishing, or buys from other fishermen, and brings the fish by boat to sell at the local fish market. Recently, many of the fishing tools were ruined, and the family’s income was affected. Therefore, Loung S. is taking out her loan to purchase essential accessories, such as nets, traps, and a boat for fishing activities.
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.