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Seoun is a 34-year-old villager residing in a rural village in the Tbaung Khmum district in Cambodia’s Kampong Cham province. She is married and blessed with two dependent kids, both of whom are too young for school.

To earn a living, Seoun works in a rubber field while her husband farms rice to complement the family’s income. Together, this couple generates an income for the family of about 28,000KHR daily and saves about 10,000KHR after paying their daily expenses.

Seoun has been with VisionFund (Kiva’s partner) for one loan cycle already, with which she succeeded in meeting the needs of her family. She is now seeking a new loan with VisionFund of 3,000,000KHR to build a proper latrine for her family. Once the latrine is successfully installed, Seoun’s family will be able to live in a better and healthier environment, especially her young kids. Seoun can help to promote sanitation and hygiene practices in her community as well after using this requested loan as she plans.

Additional Information

More information about this loan

This loan is part of VisionFund Cambodia’s initiative to expand access to clean water and/or sanitation to poor rural households.

Water filter loans provide poor households with clean, safe drinking water without requiring it to be boiled over wood fires. This protects borrowers’ health and Cambodia’s precious forests. Today, many rural Cambodians depend on rainwater, boreholes and surface water -- none of which are regarded as safe sources of fresh water. Walter filters provide a safer, easier and more economic alternative. VisionFund Cambodia is partnering with Hydrologic Social Enterprise to get water filters to families who need them most.

Latrine loans help households build standard, housed latrines for improved sanitation. In rural Cambodia, sanitation poses a major challenge for those who cannot afford to construct a household latrine. Every year, thousands of children die and many others fail to thrive due to dehydration, poor immunity and malnutrition caused by diarrhea and poor sanitation. VisionFund Cambodia is offering credit to change this picture.

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.

About Cambodia

  • $2,600
    Average annual income
  • 206
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    Cambodia Loans Fundraising
  • $39,926,300
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,000.0
    Cambodia Riels (KHR) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $750 helped Seoun to build a latrine.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Dec 14, 2012
Dec 28, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 18, 2014