The woman shown in the picture is Orn R., age 34, a married woman who currently lives in Kompong Tom province. She earns a living by raising pigs in a pigpen behind her house. She raises them both for their offspring and for slaughter. In addition, she also cultivates a rice crop, while her husband earns as a firewood seller. They have four children, three of whom are single and the other one is married.
Orn R. is seeking a loan to buy two buffalo to be used by her husband to transport firewood to sell in the local market. The buffalo can also be used for breeding purposes, so they can also raise the offspring.
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.