Living in the rural area of the Thmor Koul district of Battambang province, Cambodia, Chanthou is 45 years old. She is a widow and the mother of two children, one of whom is still in school.
To earn a living, Chanthou has been working in a rice field. She also supplements the family’s income by selling grocery items. She has been in this business for 15 years.
Chanthou has been with VisionFund for two cycles and has successfully paid back the loans. The past loans have helped her to earn more income to support her family and enable her to earn about 112,000 KHR per day.
Now Chanthou is applying for a new loan with VisionFund of 1,000,000 KHR. With this loan, she will buy fertilizers for her farmland and grocery items such as canned foods, soap, food ingredients, etc. for selling. She hopes to earn more income so she can keep her son in school.
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.