Soeurn is 49 years old and married. She lives with her family in a rural area located in Ponhea Krek district of Kompong Cham province. She has three children, including one son who still counts on her as her son and is still in school.
To strive for a living, Soeurn does rice cropping on three hectares of farmland and works for others for extra income. This 27-year engagement in the current business has returned her approximately 19,900 KHR per day, of which 13,500 KHR is her saving portion after deducting expenses.
This is Soeurn’s fourth cycle loan with Kiva’s partner, VisionFund. She has managed her past loan wisely to improve her livelihood and keep her children in school.
Now, she is applying for a loan of 1,000,000 KHR to buy potash for her cash-crop. Soeurn hopes this purchase will boost her output on a larger scale and sustain her living.
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.