Ech is a resident originally from a rural area of the Kror Kor district of Pursat province in Cambodia. She is a 52-year-old married woman with five children, one of whom (daughter) is still dependent on her. Ech, with support from her husband, works as a rice farmer on one hectare of farmland to support her family. To add more income to the family, she also raises pigs. Ech has 15 years of experience in her current business, earning approximately 16,000 KHR per day. Now she is requesting a loan in the amount of 1,000,000 KHR. This will be Ech’s second-cycle loan from VisionFund (Kiva’s partner). The first loan that she applied for with VisionFund has helped her unload her family's difficulty and upgrade their livelihood. Her new request will be used to purchase more pigs for raising, and a small portion of it will be used to fix her house. She hopes to earn more income from her business and to fix her house on time, especially for the rainy season.
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.