Touch B., age 54, lives in the province of Kompong Cham, which is the best territory for farming. Touch B. is a good mother of eight children, three of whom are school-aged while the remaining five are married and have a formal salary.
Touch B. and her husband are rice farmers; additionally, Touch B. owns a few ponds in which she grows lotus flowers. Three months after planting, she harvests them to sell. She sells the lotus to people who need them for ceremonies to bless the gods. Right now, she hopes to plant new lotus, but she lacks funds for growing lotus. Therefore, Touch B. will use her loan for her lotus business. Any remainder of the loan she will use towards growing rice. Touch B. is at her farm field in the photo.
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.