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Sovanara's Group
In this Group: Sovanara, Proeng, Kouk
Sovanara resides in a rural area of the Kandal Province’s Kandal Stoeng district, Cambodia. He is 42 years old and married with five children, three of whom are dependent on him and still in school. To support his family, he has been involved in working as a paid taxi driver for 12 years whiles his wife plants sugarcane to help the family generate the income. The current business earns his family around 17,000 KHR per day and allows him to save about 6,000 KHR every day for future needs. Low crop yields resulting from flooding is the main challenge for his business.

Sovanara’s group consists of three members who are all males and it is his first microloan with Kiva’s partner VisionFund. He is leading his group asking for a loan of 200,000 KHR each. He will use his portion to buy materials for construction of a sanitary latrine (such as a toilet), tile drainage, and sewage. He hopes this loan will enable his family to have a sanitary latrine to improve their standard of living.

Additional Information

More information about this loan

This loan is part of VisionFund Cambodia’s initiative to expand access to clean water and/or sanitation to poor rural households.

Water filter loans provide poor households with clean, safe drinking water without requiring it to be boiled over wood fires. This protects borrowers’ health and Cambodia’s precious forests. Today, many rural Cambodians depend on rainwater, boreholes and surface water -- none of which are regarded as safe sources of fresh water. Walter filters provide a safer, easier and more economic alternative. VisionFund Cambodia is partnering with Hydrologic Social Enterprise to get water filters to families who need them most.

Latrine loans help households build standard, housed latrines for improved sanitation. In rural Cambodia, sanitation poses a major challenge for those who cannot afford to construct a household latrine. Every year, thousands of children die and many others fail to thrive due to dehydration, poor immunity and malnutrition caused by diarrhea and poor sanitation. VisionFund Cambodia is offering credit to change this picture.

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.

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Cambodia

  • $2,600
    Average annual income
  • 282
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    Cambodia Loans Fundraising
  • $38,170,450
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,059.9
    Cambodia Riels (KHR) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Sovanara's Group's $150 loan helped a member to buy materials for construction of a sanitary latrine.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Aug 27, 2012
Oct 4, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Sep 17, 2013