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Van (in the photo) is a boat repairman. His wife, Sakol is a chef; she cooks for a restaurant. They have been married for two years and have one son who is a monk. They live on an island in the Mekong River about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh City.

Van is asking for a loan in the amount of $600 to build a new kitchen because the kitchen is old and breaks.

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.

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About Cambodia

  • $2,600
    Average annual income
  • 43
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    Cambodia Loans Fundraising
  • $38,708,425
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $600 helped Van to build a new kitchen.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jan 3, 2012
Feb 1, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 19, 2012