Mar 3, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
By Crystal Chandy
Two sisters in Cambodia building on each other’s success



This is the third in our ‘Invest in her, invest in change’ series celebrating the power of women entrepreneurs around the world. Join Kiva in crowdfunding $1 million in loans to women by International Women’s Day on March 8.


Siem Khut has been farming rice in her rural village in the Kampong Cham province of Cambodia since she was 10 years old. She “feels like an expert now” especially since she has “faced so many challenges: drought, flood, crops destroyed by insects, cows coming to eat the field…” You name it, she’s encountered it.  Read more about how she was inspired by her sister's loan success at Kiva's Medium page.


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Crystal holds a BSc in Finance and Marketing from New York University and recently obtained her Master’s from the London School of Economics and National University of Singapore.  She spent six years in project and financial management in the private sector. She then spent time teaching English in Chile and building shallow irrigation wells in Malawi. Crystal is excited to intern with Kiva and apply her background and skills to affecting positive change. She also enjoys traveling, hiking and great meals.

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