Mrs. Chantha K., age 49 (pictured) and her husband, Mr. Ngoun, age 46, have been married since 1979 and have 6 children - 3 sons and 3 daughters. One of the children is married and lives outside the family home, two attend school whilst the other children work in a garment factory. The family lives along National Road Number five about 17 kilometers from Phnom Penh City.
Chantha operates a farm, growing rice. Her husband is a fisherman and also assists his wife on the farm. Chantha doesn’t have enough capital to maintain her rice farm; therefore she is requesting a loan of $700 to pay for plowing fees and to purchase fertilizer and pesticide.
MAXIMA Microfinance Plc is a Cambodian microfinance institution founded in 2000 to help low-income rural and urban people and small- to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) access financial services. Sustainable access to credit helps to create jobs and enables business owners improve their living conditions, educate their children, provide health care to their families, and more. It also enables the rural poor to remain at home with their families, rather than moving to city centers in search of employment.