Women clients of MFIs save 9% more than men, says study

Women clients of micro-finance institutions (MFIs) tend to have 9 percent more savings than men on average, as per a recent study. ...

Rachel David

Cambodians face mounting pain from microfinance debt

KEAN SVAY, KANDAL PROVINCE, CAMBODIA — Five years ago, Lun Sam Ath took out a $12,000 loan to build a new wooden house and repay a previous loan that she had used to buy a motorbike. ...

Sun Narin

Financial firm consolidation will boost industry resilience, says NBC governor

Witnessing the merger between PRASAC Minority Depository Institution (MDI) and Kookmin Bank Cambodia, the Governor of the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) Chea Serey expressed hope to see more consolation happening in the industry to boost its resilience and efficiency. ...

Nhean Chamrong

Home not farming, takes precedence when Cambodians take MFIs loans

Showing a shift in mindset, more Cambodians are now taking loans from microfinance institutions (MFIs) over home needs than for farming. ...

Rachel David

Microfinance sector provided $5.12B loans to 1.57M clients in 2023

The microfinance sector has provided a credit sum of $5.12 billion to 1.57 million clients, an average of $3,260 per account last year, creating direct employment for 21,567 people nationwide with a business network of 904 offices. ...

Nhean Chamrong

Microfinance formed over 30% of Cambodia’s 2022 GDP

Microfinance has grown exponentially in Cambodia and is not as stressed as reported by the international media, according to a study by research firm M-CRIL in partnership with the Cambodia Microfinance Association (CMA). A sector which had only 50,000 clients in 1995, now services 2.1 ...


Microfinance has improved a majority of people’s life - CMA study

A study on over 3,200 microfinance borrowers from 450 villages in 10 provinces in the country has revealed that two thirds of them have seen an improvement in their lives, according to the Cambodian Microfinance Association (CMA). ...

Kiripost staff writers

MFI outstanding loans stood at $5.13 billion in 2023 Q3

Total outstanding loans in the microfinance sector stood at $5.13 billion during the end of the third quarter of the last year, according to the latest data published by the Cambodia Microfinance Association (CMA). ...

Sreekanth Ravindran

MFIs to restructure tourism, real estate loans

Microfinance institutions have been asked to conduct loan restructuring on a case-by-case basis for clients who face difficulties in the Siem Reap tourism sector, real estate and other industries. ...

Sangeetha Amarthalingam

‘I am afraid I will kill myself, like my husband’: spotlight on loan firms in Cambodia after Indigenous suicides

Kwak Nga was still reeling from her husband’s suicide when his microfinance creditors showed up at her home to remind her that they still expected the approximate $170 (£140) monthly interest payments the couple had struggled to make. ...

Jack Brook

AFD boosts MFIs, NBC reports

National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) governor Chea Serey has lauded the French government for its pivotal role in the expansion of the Kingdom’s financial industry, particularly its robust growth in the microfinance sector. ...

May Kunmakara

Probe launched into ‘debt-related suicides’

The Association of Banks in Cambodia (ABC) and the Cambodia Microfinance Association (CMA) are working together with members over the allegation on suicides and attempted suicides due to over-aggressive handling by loan officers in Ratanakkiri recently. ...

May Kunmakara

German embassy talks MFI with stakeholders

A meeting between the German Embassy in Cambodia and stakeholders in the microfinance sector has outlined proposals including improving communication with clients, compliance set-ups and grievance redress mechanisms. ...

Sangeetha Amarthalingam

Kampot oknha arrested over $40M of losses in realty ‘fraud’

Kampot provincial police arrested Chea Saron, who holds the honorific title Oknha, and his eight accomplices for alleged fraud perpetrated on over 2,000 families, bilking them out of nearly $40 million total through “scam” real estate projects. ...

Long Kimmarita

Microfinance sector plays important role in economic development: NBC

The microfinance sector in Cambodia has been playing an important role in contributing to economic and social development, especially the reduction of poverty in rural areas, said a senior official at the National Bank of Cambodia. ...

Chea Vanyuth

MFIs seek boosting financial literacy at communal level

A project to strengthen financial literacy at the local level has been launched to promote knowledge related to finance, rights, and client protection as well as to increase clients’ access to formal financial services within communities. ...

Ou Sokmean

Microfinance to tap into WASH sector

A partnership between Cambodia Microfinance Association (CMA) and Water.org aims to increase access to safe water and sanitation nationwide by offering incentives to finance the sector. ...

Marissa Carruthers

Microfinance sector grows at 20% by end of 2022

Cambodia’s microfinance sector recorded over 20 percent growth both in terms of loans and deposits by the end of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021, despite the Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine, according to the Cambodia Microfinance Association (CMA). ...

Sok Sithika

MFIs agree to loan repayment relief for borrowers hit by flooding

Financial institutions said on Wednesday that they will provide favorable easing to customers who have been affected by severe floods, following an appeal by Prime Minister Hun Sen. ...

Chhorn Raksmey

MFIs urged to help ease flood victims' financial burden

Prime minister Hun Sen on Monday called on all microfinance institutions (MFIs) to throw a financial lifeline to people affected by flooding and defer loan repayments and ease interest rates. ...

Chhorn Raksmey

Microfinance association claims NGO statement “biased”

The Cambodia Microfinance Association (CMA) regarded the commentary by NGOs and civil society organizations on the industry as “biased, incomplete, and cherry-picked”, taking just the negative parts of a report produced by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) into account while ignoring ...

Samban Chandara

Korea’s KB Kookmin Bank says completes acquisition of Prasac

South Korea’s KB Kookmin Bank, New York-listed KB Financial Group Inc’s (KB) commercial banking unit, on October 20 announced the completion of the acquisition the remaining 30 per cent interest in Prasac, Cambodia’s largest microfinance institution, as it expands its business into the Kingdom’s financial ...

May Kunmakara

National Bank of Cambodia announces $50 million auction tomorrow

The National Bank of Cambodia has issued a notice to banks, microfinance institutions and exchange traders to participate in the auction of US $50,000,000 for October 12, 2021. ...

Khmer Times Staff

CMA: Loan restructures increasing

Restructured loans at member institutions of the Cambodia Microfinance Association (CMA) totalled about $1.5 billion as of April, according to the organisation. ...

Brian Badzmierowski

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