Mr. Saroeun S. is 54 years old and has been farming since he was young. His wife, Mrs. Sokhorn Norng, is 41 years old and has been a silk weaver since she was 16 years old. The couple has been married since 1980 and has seven children: three sons and four daughters. Three of them married and live outside the family home, three others attend school and another one assists his father with his farming business. Saroeun and his wife are both in the photo.
Saroeun grows sesame and ginger. He does not have enough capital to purchase seed, fertilizer and pesticide to maintain his sesame and ginger farm. So, he is asking for a loan of $400 to help his capital.
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.