Run is 38 years old, married, and lives in a suburb of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She runs a small store selling vegetables in a local market in her neighborhood, earning about $4.00 per day to support the family. Run uses this to pay for food, allowances for her school-aged children, and for electricity and water.
Run usually gets up in the early morning to buy vegetables in bulk from her suppliers and transports them to the marketplace. Her husband is also one of her suppliers, growing vegetables in a large scale field operation as well as in a backyard garden.
Run is now asking for a loan of $500 to purchase a stock of vegetables to sell in her store. This will enable her to increase her productivity and augment her household income. She hopes to receive this loan from lenders to improve her current business.
Hattha Kaksekar Limited is one of the largest and most successful microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Cambodia. The organization provides microfinance services to the poor, particularly women, in urban and rural areas. Kiva lenders’ funds will be used to expand the outreach of HKL’s financial services to a greater number of clients in rural areas of Cambodia.