Mrs. Vieng is a 31-year-old married woman who lives in the Reussey Keo commune of Phnom Penh City. She sells some goods such as Khmer cakes and corn on the ferry dock, earning around US $2.50 each day. To share the financial expenses, her husband is employed as a casual construction worker. They have two children; one works as a hairdresser at a beauty salon, generating about $2.50 per day to contribute to the family's expenses. Mrs. Vieng will be using her loan to buy a new motorcycle for her husband to ride to work as his existing one broke. She will use the balance of the loan to purchase extra cakes and corn 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.