Stories tagged with Cambodia

Aug 8, 2015 KH Cambodia
In Australia (where I'm from), we start learning about money early. From lessons about compound interest in mathematics to budgeting for a meal in home economics, financial "know-how" is considered a survival skill.

The hope, it seems, is that when we start earning money we’ll be able to spend it wisely, save it and even invest it.  

Some of us are more successful than others. 

The point is that handling personal finances... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2013 KH Cambodia
A tree at one of the hundreds of "Killing Fields" in Cambodia, where the Khmer Rouge orchestrated a mass genocide from 1975-1979.

Tragic History
The Khmer Rouge era in Cambodia is still fresh in the collective memory of this country.  Few other places have seen the very fabric of society ripped apart so thoroughly in such a short period of time.  In the wake of the Khmer Rouge and a protracted civil war that lasted until 1993, an... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2013 KH Cambodia
A vibrant rice paddy during the start of the rainy season.

In a country with approximately 20% of the population living on less than 1 dollar per day, and over 80% rural, how do you define and target the more “vulnerable” groups?  This is the challenge faced by the Vulnerable Services Unit at KREDIT Microfinance Institute, Kiva’s oldest field partner in Cambodia.
One way to create the parameters of this definition is to focus on borrowers and... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2013 KH Cambodia

Ever since I found out I was accepted to the Kiva Fellows program, I've felt very fortunate. Fortunate to volunteer with an organization that does incredible work in the mission to alleviate poverty. Fortunate to be based in Hanoi, Vietnam, one of my top choices for country placement. Fortunate to spend three weeks in Cambodia (prior to Vietnam) in order to interview actual borrowers and hear about the...

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