Mao, 46 years old, is married and lives with her family in a rural area located in the Thmor Koul district of Battambang province. She is a mother of seven children, three of whom are dependent on her and still in school.
She earns a living through farming rice, which she had been doing for several years while her husband catches fishes to earn additional income for the family. Together, she and her husband can earn about US $14 per day from the current business and is able to save about US $4 each day for the future.
Mao is in her first client cycle with Kiva’s partner, VisionFund. Now she is applying for a loan. She is going to use her loan to buy fertilizers and pesticides for her farmland. She hopes this loan will enable her to grow her rice healthfully and timely so as to improve her family’s living conditions.
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.