Touch is a 30-year-old resident of a rural village in the Bakan district located in Pursat province, Cambodia. She is married and a mother of two dependent children, all of whom are school-aged children. To offer a decent life for the family, Touch and her husband work as rice farmers on a hectare of farmland. Touch’s husband also has a business catching fish in order to supplement the income. This couple is able to earn around 14,000 KHR per day and save approximately 7,000 KHR after the daily expenses. This will be Touch’s third time requesting a loan via VisionFund (Kiva’s partner). The previous loans have enabled her to improve the family’s living conditions. Touch is now seeking a 1,500,000 KHR loan to buy fertilizer, pesticides and rice-seed. After receiving and wisely using the requested loan portion, Touch believes that the rice-growing business will provide good quality crop yields so that she can sell it for more and increase her income. She will utilize the anticipated income to move the family ahead and further educate her beloved children.
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.