Age 53, Mary is a widow living with her six children in a rural area of the Dambae district of Kampong Cham province. She still has three children dependent on her; one of them is still in school, while the others work in a garment factory. Cassava and cashew planting is the primary source of her family's income to support their daily living. She has been in this business for six years. She is challenged to feed her children nutritious food with the income earned from the business.
Mary has been with VisionFund for two loan cycles and successfully paid back the loans. She used the loans to better support her children with nutritious food. With a need to support her business, she is requesting a loan from VisionFund of 2,000,000 riels. She wants to use this loan to buy fertilizers for her farmland and will use a portion of it for labor and to plow the land. She hopes to make more income and improve her lifestyle.
About VisionFund Cambodia
VisionFund Cambodia is a Christian organization and microfinance institution that provides small loans and other financial services to improve the lives of children, empower poor women and their families, and grow successful businesses. The organization works primarily in rural parts of Cambodia and has distinguished itself by targeting the very poor who require smaller loan sizes, regardless of religious beliefs, gender or ethnic background.
Kiva lenders’ funds will help the organization to expand into the northeastern provinces of the country, which have historically been underserved and difficult to reach with financial services.