Sopha, 28, lives in a rural area of the Dambae district of Kampong Cham province and is married with two children, who are all still in school. The family’s main sources of income are from planting cassava (a type of edible root) on one-hectare (10,000 square metres) of farmland and selling pork in the local village. She has been in this business for seven years. Low crop yield is still a main challenge for her family’s business.
To support her business, she is requesting a loan of 4000000 KHR with Kiva’s partner VisionFund. She will use this loan to buy fertilizer for her farmland and use a portion of it to pay for labor and land plowing. With this loan, she hopes to make more income so as to improve her living conditions and keep her children in school.
Sopha has been with VisionFund for one cycle and completely paid back the loan, which helped her relieve her family's burden and improve their prospects.
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.