Originally from a rural village of the Ek Phnom district, Battambang province, Kimyoen is a 42-year-old, married mother of two children. One of her children is still dependent on her and in school. She and her husband have been in the farming business, growing crops such as rice, cassava, corn and oranges to make a living. For additional income, they also keep six cows. Together, they can earn about 57,000 KHR per day to meet the family’s needs, and they manage to save about 17,000 KHR each day for future needs.
Kimyoen is seeking her first-cycle loan with Kiva’s partner, VisionFund. She is requesting a loan of 4,000,000 KHR. She wants to use this loan to buy fertilizers and seeds for her farming business. With this loan, she hopes to make more income to improve her standard of living and keep her child 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.