Mrs. Chantha K. (pictured here) and her husband, Mr. Ngoun, have been married since 1979 and have six children: three sons and three daughters. One is married and lives in a separate home, two attend school whilst the others are garment-factory workers. The family lives along National Road Number 5 about 17 kilometers from Phnom Penh City.
Chantha is a rice farmer. She just started a tailoring business for when she is not at the farm. Her husband is a fisherman and also assists his wife on the farm. Chantha asked for a Kiva loan one time already; she now is asking for another loan of $700 to purchase a water-pumping machine to spray her rice farm and to buy seeds, 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.