Vorn, 48, is married and living with her family in a village of the Cheung Prey district of Kampong Cham province, Cambodia. She has three children, one of whom is dependent on her and still in school. For the last twenty-five years, Vorn and her husband have been farming rice on one-hectare farmland as amain source of family’s income. Together, they can earn about 35,000KHR per day from the current business.
Vorn has just joined Kiva’s partner, VisionFund, this cycle. She is leading her group of four to apply for a loan. As a group leader, Vorn is going to use her portion to buy rice seeds and fertilizers for her farmland. She hopes this loan will enable her to grow her rice so as to improve her standard of living.
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.