Mrs. Saren S. (in the photo) and her husband, Mr. Kunthea Toun, have been married since 1993 and have four children: two sons and two daughters. Three of them are in school and another one stays at home. The family lives along National Road Number One, about seventeen kilometers from Phnom Penh City.
Saren's husband is a fisherman. Saren sells the fish that her husband catches. She also buys some fish from local villagers to resell at Korky market. In addition, the couple grows vegetable on their farmland in the village.
Saren has requested a Kiva loan in the past. She now is asking for her second loan of $1,000 to purchase seed, fertilizer, and pesticide to maintain her vegetable farm. She will also use a part of the loan to dig a well for her family's use.
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.