Peou is a 39-year-old married woman. She lives with her husband and two school-age children in the Baray district of Kompong Tom province. She was born and raised there on the family farm. She grows rice in the rainy season and besides that, grows bean crops. For additional income, Peou also devotes herself to her fish selling business, with support from her spouse who catches the fish in the Tonle Sap River.
Peou is taking out this loan to purchase bean seeds to sow on two hectares of farmland and to buy sacks of fertilizer for both rice and bean crops. She plans to expand her business in order to increase her output throughout the year.
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.