Eighteen people living in Toeuk Nim village in Kandal province comprise this village bank loan, and they will use their individual loan shares for various purposes. Mrs. Dok L., 27, is the president of the village bank. She is widowed and has two children, one of whom is attending the local school, while the other one is still too young to work or study. Mrs. Dok L. is a farmer who cultivates rice and vegetables on a plot of land. In her vegetable farming business, she faces an obstacle, because she does not have enough money to buy seeds for planting. Therefore, she will use her share of the loan to purchase vegetable seeds.
Angkor Microfinance Kampuchea (AMK) is a leading microfinance institution in Cambodia with a wide reach of operations. AMK works with over 6,000 villages and serves clients in every Cambodian province. With an average loan size of US$115, AMK’s focus is to provide credit and savings products to the very poor in rural areas. For more information, please visit AMK's website.
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.
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