Saluon is 44 years old and married. She has six children, three of whom are students; the rest of her family lives in Ek Phnom district of Battambang province. She is a farmer who grows beans, corn, and watermelons in order to support her family. She has been involved in this business for 20 years. Her husband also helps to earn more income by catching fish to sell.
Saluon has been with Kiva partner VisionFund for eight loan cycles, including this cycle. She has repaid her previous loans successfully, using them to increase her income and improve her family's living conditions. Currently, she is able to earn up to 253,600 KHR per day and save almost 39,000 KHR per day after deducting expenses. For this cycle, she is applying for 3,500,000 KHR in order to buy fertilizer and rice seed and to pay for plowing. In addition, a portion of the loan will be used to purchase fish for resale. She has high hopes that she can make more income from her both businesses so she can keep her children in school to the tertiary level.
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.