Saveun (in the photo) is 50 years old and her husband, Chuk is 51 years old. They live in a village across the Mekong River about seventeen kilometers from Phnom Penh City. They have three sons and three daughters. Three of them are married, one is a weaver, one is a construction worker and another attends grade 8.
Saveun and her husband are farmers. They grow rice, potato and sugar cane in the village where they live. Saveun is asking for a loan of $600 to assist in her farming business by buying seeds. She will also use a part of the loan to buy weaving materials for her daughter’s weaving business.
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.