Mrs. Loeng T. (pictured here) sells ansorm (a kind of Cambodian cake made of rice paste and wrapped in banana leaves) in her village. She has been married since 2006. Her husband, Mr. Phalla Chan, is a construction worker. They live in a small village along National Road Number 5 about 20 kilometers from Phnom Penh and have six children: three sons and three daughters.
In addition, the couple also grows rice. Loeng asked for a Kiva loan one time already; she now is asking for her second loan of $1,200 to purchase a motorcycle for commuting and she will also use a part of her loan to continue her farming business.
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.