A 42-year-old married woman named Kheoun is a villager living in the Thmor Koul district located in Cambodia’s Battambang Province.
She is married and has nine children, some of whom are working as rice farmers and some who are working as paid workers. The main source of the family’s income comes from the rice-farming business. To supplement the income, Kheoun also works as a paid worker, while her husband works as a fisherman.
This will be Kheoun’s fourth time requesting a loan via Kiva’s partner, VisionFund. The previous loans that she obtained and successfully repaid have had a huge positive impact on her, as well as her beloved family. Kheoun has been able to guarantee food needs in the family and keep her family’s rice-growing business in good shape.
Now she is requesting a KHR 3,000,000 loan to purchase fertilizer, rice seed, pesticide, and to pay wages to farm laborers.
Kheoun’s only hope is to be able to improve her family’s living condition.
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.