Ban, 41, owns a general store in her house in the Baray district. She sells many types of merchandise such as sweet things, snacks, shampoos, biscuits and others. Besides selling, she takes some free to time to distill Khmer traditional liquor (white wine) at home. She is a good mother of three children. She typically earns an average of $3 per day to support her family.
Ban would like to borrow some funds from HKL and Kiva to buy some feed and piglets to raise in the back of her yard. She will use the balance of this loan to pay for local laborers cultivating and threshing her rice crops. In the future, she hopes to uplift her family out of poverty and to obtain a better standard of living.
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.