Phirum C. and his wife, Sokha Kong, are vegetable farmers. They grow cucumbers and green beans. The couple has requested, received, and repaid two Kiva loans, and now Phirum is requesting another loan in the amount of $500 to purchase seed, fertilizer, and pesticides for the farming business.
Phirum C. and Sokha Kong were married in 1994. They have three sons and one daughter. The family lives in a village about 20 kilometers from Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia.
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.