Lan, 39, is married and has two children, a son and a daughter. She lives with her family in Ho Chi Minh City. Lan and her husband support their family by running a general store in front of her house. They started this business fourteen years ago. They sell sugar, candy, shampoo, and other household items to people in their community.
Lan is requesting a loan to expand the business by buying a greater variety of products, such as food and beverages, to stock the store and better satisfy customers. She hopes the business will run smoothly and will generate a higher income to assist her in improving her family's living conditions and sending her children to school.
About Capital Aid Fund for Employment of the Poor
Capital Aid Fund for Employment of the Poor (CEP) is a non-profit Vietnamese microfinance institution that operates in the provinces of southeastern Vietnam and the Mekong Delta. CEP's head office is located in Ho Chi Minh City. This institution’s mission is to work with, and for, the poor and poorest to realize sustained improvements in well-being through the provision of financial and complementary non-financial services in an honest, efficient, and sustainable manner. The non-financial services CEP offers to complement its basic credit and savings products include financial education, raising awareness of health and sanitation issues, and education scholarships for children.