Som is 46 years old and a single parent living with four children in Kompong Speu province.
To earn a living, she grows rice crops in the rainy season but the profit is barely able to cover her daily cost. Therefore, all of children decided to help their mother in earning income by working in various careers. Three of her sons are now working together with a construction team that travels from place to place, while the daughter is on a sewing staff in a garment factory.
With the loan of $1,000, Som will buy a second-hand motorcycle for the family. She hopes that with it, her children can get to work easily without taking the motor-taxi service as in the old time.
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.