Mrs. Som weaves bamboo baskets for sale. She sells her finished product to buyers who come directly to her house in Kompong Chhnang Province. She also orders baskets from the other villagers and sells them to make extra income. Her husband helps her buy the raw materials and to weave baskets. Recently, Mrs. Som ran out of essential materials from her stock supply. She hopes to acquire more raw materials to continue making baskets. She is using her Kiva loan as an advance. Mrs. Som is a 30-year-old married woman blessed with two children who are attending the local school. The couple are shown in the photograph.
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.