Mrs. Savon O. and her husband, Mr. Lorn Nov (pictured together), live in a village across the Mekong River about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh. They have five children--one son and four daughters. One is married and lives outside the family home; two are garment factory workers, one is a weaver and another one stays at home.
Savon and her husband are farmers; they grow rice and lotus. In addition, Mr. Lorn Nov is also a horse cart driver. Savon is asking for a loan of $700 to purchase seed, fertilizer and pesticide to maintain her rice and lotus farm.
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.