Van, age 51, is the mother of two schoolchildren and a rural villager from Thmor Koul district of Battambang Province. To meet the daily basic needs of the family, she and her husband grow rice on four hectares of farmland. To supplement the family’s income, her husband also works for others for pay.
Van has 13 years' experience in her current business. Her main challenge is low yields caused by insects. To overcome this challenge, she is applying for her second loan from VisionFund (Cambodia). She has repaid her original loan, which helped her to support her rice farm and return a decent income to cover the family's daily expenses. She will use the current loan to buy gasoline for pumping water and to buy insecticide to reduce the loss of crops on her rice field. Van will also use a portion of the loan to fix her motorbike, which she uses to commute to the rice field. She hopes to make more income so she can keep improving her living and supporting her children’s education.
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.