Sokkhoeurn is 42 years old and married. She has six children, five of whom still depend on her, as some are still in school and some are helping with the family's business. The rest of her family also lives in the Dambae district of Kampong Cham province.
For her children's sake, Sokkhoeurn grows cassava on one and a half hectares of farmland and plants paddy rice on two hectares. With 20 years of experience in this business, she is able to earn almost 40,000 Cambodian riels (KHR) and save about 13,000 KHR after deducting all expenses. Sokkhoeurn has worked with Kiva partner VisionFund as a six-time borrower. The past loans, which she has paid back successfully, have helped her to solve her daily financial hardships gradually. For this cycle, she is seeking 4,000,000 KHR to buy fertilizer and insecticide and to pay for labor costs. She strongly believes that she will gain multiple outputs and make more income for her children's sake.
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.