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Srou E., 44, is a silk weaver in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The silk dress is a kind of Khmer traditional uniform, worn during the P'chum Ben ceremony and Khmer New Year. Normally hand-woven silk is more expensive than machine-woven, but people themselves prefer the hand-woven material. Srou has been weaving since 2003 and on average she makes around US$2.50 profit each day. To make one silk dress takes about 7-10 days.

Her husband, Tean Tith, 46, is one of the rice farmers in the village. He also grows vegetables such as corn, cucumbers, and so on. He sells his produce in the market and is able to make around US$2.50 in profit each day, too. This couple has five children, two of whom are students and three of whom are garment factory workers. Srou E. says that she spends monthly around US$40 for food, US$5 on utilities, and US$10 on her children's education. Mrs. Srou has requested a loan of US$800 to raise pigs and purchase crop seeds and insecticide for her husband.

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KREDIT Microfinance Institution Plc., is one of Kiva’s most established partners in Southeast Asia. The organization empowers the economically-active poor and small entrepreneurs by providing inclusive financial services. Beyond loans, KREDIT offers low-income clients complementary training in debt management, savings and budgeting. In addition, KREDIT partners with NGOs to offer training in primary health care, agricultural techniques and HIV/AIDS awareness.

For more information on KREDIT, please visit its partner page. If you would like to engage more with KREDIT and its borrowers, you can also join its lending team, KREDIT MFI Cambodia.

About Cambodia

  • $2,600
    Average annual income
  • 53
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    Cambodia Loans Fundraising
  • $41,847,450
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $800 helped Srou to raise pigs and purchase seeds and insecticide.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 26, 2008
Oct 12, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 15, 2010