Loun is a vegetable farmer. She has had one previous Kiva loan. She hopes to continue her farming business, so she is asking for another loan in the amount of $1,000 to buy seeds, fertilizer, and pesticide.
Loun is single and lives with her sister in a village about 20 kilometers from Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia.
Photo: Loun is at home, not at the farm. She looks like a man, but she is really a woman.
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.