Saom, age 59, is a modest villager living in Kampong Chhnang Province with her husband and two children. To earn a living, Saom operates a small handicraft business weaving bamboo baskets for sale. She also sells some vegetables and meals for people who don’t have time to cook. Saom is requesting a loan from Kiva in order to purchase more baskets to sell.
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.