Living in a wooden house in the Phnom Proek district of Battambang province, Kilis is 25 years old. She is married with one daughter who is still in school. The main source of her family’s income is from growing corn and working for others for a fee. She has been in this business for almost three years. With the current business, she can earn about 23,000 KHR a day.
Kilis is in her first microloan with Kiva’s partner, VisionFund. Now she is applying for a loan of 2,000,000 KHR to buy seeds and fertilizer for her farmland. She hopes to increase her crop yield and sell it for a good price so as to better 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.