Mrs. Meas is a widow who has been living in Reussey Keo community, about 10 kilometers from Phnom Penh city. She is 61 years old and has three children. Two of them are already married and the other one is single and drives a car for a local company in Phnom Penh. Her children are really grateful to her. They always help contribute a part of their income to provide her a comfortable living. On the other hand, Mrs. Meas doesn’t depend on her children completely, she takes some time to provide sewing service and restores clothes for people around the community, earning an average of $2 per day.
Mrs. Meas is taking out a loan from Kiva to purchase a motorcycle, which will provide good transportation for the family and for her son to commute to his workplace. Mrs. Meas hopes that she’ll be able fix her house partially someday as it is broken and not comfortable to live in now.
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.