Sareoun is a 32-year-old married woman with four dependent kids, two of whom are school-aged and two who are too young to attend school. She and her family live in a rural village of Moung Russey district in Battambang province in Cambodia. Sareoun and her husband are farmers who support their family by planting rice and sesame. Sareoun’s husband also has a fishing business. Together, this industrious couple earns approximately 39,000 KHR each day.
Sareoun is requesting a 4,000,000 KHR loan through the Kiva partner VisionFund to buy more plots of land. She has received two previous loans that she used to improve her family's standard of living. Sareoun will use her loan to increase her farm's productivity and provide more income for her family. In the future, she hopes to provide for her children's higher education and send her younger children to school.
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.