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Chanra is 52 years old and her husband, Sarin, is 54 years old. They live on an island in the Mekong River about fifteen kilometers from Phnom Penh City. They have been married since 1980 and have three sons and two daughters. One is married, one is a hairdresser, another is a construction worker, and the other two are in school.

Chanra sells groceries at home, while her husband is a farmer. She is asking for a loan of $500 to make a new door for her house because the door is old and broken. She will use part of the loan to help with her daughter’s hairdressing business by buying materials such as a blow dryer, rollers, and so on.

Additional Information


MAXIMA Microfinance Plc is a Cambodian microfinance institution founded in 2000 to help low-income rural and urban people and small- to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) access financial services. Sustainable access to credit helps to create jobs and enables business owners improve their living conditions, educate their children, provide health care to their families, and more. It also enables the rural poor to remain at home with their families, rather than moving to city centers in search of employment.

About Housing Loans

Many poor families cannot afford housing that meets their needs. When you make a housing loan on Kiva, you give people access to flexible capital to obtain or improve their homes. Better housing means better health, sanitation, and even educational outcomes for children. A house can also be much more for entrepreneurs who run businesses out of their homes. In this way, housing and small business loans on Kiva share a common purpose: to alleviate poverty and enable families to enjoy more stable lives.

About Cambodia

  • $2,600
    Average annual income
  • 252
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    Cambodia Loans Fundraising
  • $38,083,450
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $500 helped Chanra to make a new door for her house and buy materials for her daughter’s hairdressing business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
22 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Nov 17, 2011
Dec 1, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 24, 2013