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Mrs. Chanthou H. (pictured here) is 38 years old, and her husband, Mr. Pechh Keang, is 39 years old. The couple has been married since 1994 and have six children: four sons and two daughters. Two are garment factory workers, three attend school, and another one is still too young for school. The family lives in a village about twenty kilometers from Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia.

Chanthou is a mango farmer, and her husband is a mason. She is asking for her first loan of $1,200 to renovate and concrete the house where she lives.

Additional Information


MAXIMA Microfinance Plc is a Cambodian microfinance institution founded in 2000 to help low-income rural and urban people and small- to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) access financial services. Sustainable access to credit helps to create jobs and enables business owners improve their living conditions, educate their children, provide health care to their families, and more. It also enables the rural poor to remain at home with their families, rather than moving to city centers in search of employment.

About Housing Loans

Many poor families cannot afford housing that meets their needs. When you make a housing loan on Kiva, you give people access to flexible capital to obtain or improve their homes. Better housing means better health, sanitation, and even educational outcomes for children. A house can also be much more for entrepreneurs who run businesses out of their homes. In this way, housing and small business loans on Kiva share a common purpose: to alleviate poverty and enable families to enjoy more stable lives.

About Cambodia

  • $2,600
    Average annual income
  • 154
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    Cambodia Loans Fundraising
  • $41,521,100
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,200 helped Chanthou to renovate and concrete the house where she lives.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
21 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 5, 2011
May 18, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 15, 2012