Originally from Battambang province, Thida is a 45-year-old mother blessed with one kid who remains in school. To deal with the daily cost of living, she runs a small grocery stall in the area. It is the business that she occupied for five years. Thida, who has never been with VisionFund (Kiva’s partner) before, forms a group of two to get a new loan. As the leader, she will spend her entire loan portion to buy more grocery items for resale. She hopes that this loan will replenish her business on time so that she can make a good income for family especially her kids.
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.