In recent years, in the same way as in other areas in rural Cambodia, indigenous communities have increasingly turned towards microfinance institutions for loans. Our study aims at comparing indigenous peoples’ access to financial opportunities to develop their land, including to micro-finance and bank loans and access to saving groups and informal money lending. We examined the situation of indigenous women and challenges they face in realizing their human rights, particularly in respect of livelihood support. We also identified capacity constraints on beneficiary indigenous communities that limit their ability to fully benefit from loans, and provided concrete and action-oriented recommendations to key stakeholders that have a role to play in supporting indigenous communities with collective land titles.

See our report on credit opportunities for indigenous communities in Cambodia here.