A loan of $500 helped a member to buy fertilizer and rice seed; to pay for plowing, and to buy four pigs.


Sam Ath's Group's story

Sam Ath is 43 years old and a married mother. She is originally from Kandal Province's Sa Ang district, Cambodia. She has four children, three of whom have their own jobs at the factory; the remaining one is still young.

She and her husband struggle in supporting the entire household from their half hectare of farmland for rice cropping. Her husband also uses any spare time to add more income through catching fish for resale. Sam Ath has been engaging in this business for 20 years, earning almost 14,000 KHR per day. Her main challenges are the lack of working capital and the yields destroyed by insects.

Including this new loan, she has joined VisionFund for five cycles. She has used her past four loans, which she has all repaid, with success in maintaining her household, especially in providing daily decent food for her children. Furthermore, she also can manage to save some money for her children's future.

Now, she has formed a group of two to apply for a new loan. Both women are seeking the same loan amount: 1,000,000 KHR each. As the leader, Sam Ath will use her loan portion to buy fertilizer and rice seed and to pay for plowing fee; some portion will used to buy four pigs for raising as additional income.

She hopes to earn more income in order to upgrade her living condition.

In this group: Sam Ath, Khaem
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