Mrs. Choun P. (in the photo) and her husband, Mr. Touch Say, live in a small village across the Mekong River, about 20 kilometers from Phnom Penh. They were married in 1969 and have five children: three sons and two daughters. Four of them are married and live outside the family home and the other one attends school. Her husband is a farmer.
Choun has been selling potatoes for 20 years. She buys potatoes from farmers in her village and sells to a middleman who comes to buy them at her home. She also assists her husband in his farming business.
Choun does not have enough capital to purchase potatoes under contract before harvest season comes, so she is asking for a loan in the amount of $1,000 to help her capital.
MAXIMA Mikroheranhvatho 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.