A married mother of five children, Kong is from a rural area located in the Thmor Koul district of Battambang province, Cambodia. She still has three dependent children to take care of, two daughters and one son, and they are all still in school. Her family’s primary income is from rice farming which she and her husband have been in for 11 years. They supplement their family’s income by planting sugarcane trees. As a local farmer, low crop yield is the main challenge for her.
Kong has been with VisionFund for three loan cycles and she completely paid back her past loans, which have helped her improve her family’s livelihood. Currently, she can earn about $9 US per day from her business. With a need to sustain and increase her family’s income, she is applying for another loan of $1,000 US in order to buy fertilizers for her farmland and use a portion of it to plant sugarcane trees. With this loan, she hopes to increase her business and earn more income to make a better living and keep her children 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.