Sokha (in the photo) lives along the Tonle Basac River, a tributary of the nearby Mekong River, about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penn City. She is a widow with one son and two daughters- one is in school and the others assist their mother in the business.
Sokha sells jasmine flowers. She buys jasmine flowers from her village and transports them to sell in the market, located in Phnom Penh. Sokha asked for a Kiva loan once. She is now asking for her second loan in the amount of 1,000 USD to continue her business by purchasing jasmine flowers under contract for resale.
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.