Phirum and his wife, Kong, have been married since 1994. They have four children: three sons and one daughter. One is married and the other three are in school. The family is living in a village along National Road Number one, approximately 20 kilometers from Phnom Penh City.
The couple has been farming for almost 20 years. They grow rice and vegetables on their farmland in the village. They want to continue their farming business because it’s their main source of income.
Hence, Phirum is asking for another loan of $700 to purchase seeds, fertilizer and pesticide to maintain his rice and vegetable farm.
In the photo, Phirum and his wife are at home, not at the farm.
MAXIMA Mikroheranhvatho 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.