Living in a rural area located in Battambang province’s Moung Russey district, Sophal, 52, has seven children in total. Six of them are staying with the family and some are still in school. Sophal and her husband are rice farmers who have been farming for ten years to make a living and the main challenge for her family’s business is the lack of water.
Sophal has been with VisionFund for three cycles and completely paid back the loans, which have helped her improve her livelihood from cycle to cycle. Now requesting a loan of US $1,000, she will use this loan to buy fertilizers and pesticides for her rice paddy and also use a portion of it to spend for labor and gasoline to carry water into the rice field. She hopes this loan will enable her to grow her rice in a healthy way and also hopes to make more rice to improve her family’s living standard.
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.