Saroeun is 40 years old. His wife, Ngon, is 41 years old. They have been married since 1991 and have four children: two sons and two daughters. All of them are in school. The family is living along National Road Number Six about 20 kilometers from Phnom Penh City.
Saroeun and his wife are farmers. They grow rice and lotus on their farmland in the village where they live. Saroeun is requesting a loan of $600 to buy seed, fertilizer and pesticide to maintain his farm.
In the photo, Saroeun is 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.