Thavy is 28 years old and her husband, Darit, is 26 years old. They live in a village outside Phnom Penh City. They have been married since 2006 and have two young children - one son and one daughter.
Thavy and her husband are farmers, growing corn and melons on their farm in their village. Thavy is asking for her first loan in the amount of $500 to buy a new water pumping machine to spray her farm because her old one is broken. She will also use a part of the loan to buy fertilizer and pesticide to maintain her farm.
In the photo, Thavy is at home, and 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.