A mother of five children living in Dambae district of Kampong Cham province, Samorn is 59 years old and a local farmer in the area. To tackle the daily food consumption, she does rice cultivation, pig-raising, and rice wine producing. She has been with this business for almost 40 years. Including this loan, she is a fifth-cycle client for VisionFund (Kiva’s partner). The positive impact of her past loans, which she has repaid completely, has maintained a gradual growth of her business. Now, in a group of two, she is the leader. For Samorn, she will spend her loan portion to buy seed and pig feed. She hopes that this loan will support her business in a timely fashion and provide her with a good income.
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.
This is a Group Loan
In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.
Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.