Mrs. Prak L. is a congee (rice porridge) and Khmer noodle seller in her village. She is able to earn a large profit to support her family. She also raises some pigs. Her husband, Mr. Saret Khoem, is a farmer who owns a 0.2-hectare plot of land to cultivate rice to sell and he is also a construction worker. She is the mother of two children who are both too young for school. Her problem is that her home is uncomfortable to live in, but she does not have enough money to make improvements. Therefore, Mrs. Prak L. is requesting a loan to fix her home.
About AMKAngkor Microfinance Kampuchea (AMK) is a leading microfinance institution in Cambodia with a wide reach of operations. AMK works with over 6,000 villages and serves clients in every Cambodian province. With an average loan size of US$115, AMK’s focus is to provide credit and savings products to the very poor in rural areas. For more information, please visit AMK's website.
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