Savon and her husband, Lorn, live in a village across the Mekong River about fifteen kilometers from Phnom Penh City. They have one son and five daughters. One of their children is married and lives in a separate home, two are garment workers, and one is a weaver.
Savon is a farmer, she grows rice and lotus. She also sells fish in her village by bicycle. Her husband is a fisherman and drives a horse cart. Unfortunately, his horse died and he cannot continue his business of driving his horse cart. Hence Savon is asking for a loan of $1,200 to purchase a horse for her husband and assist in her lotus farm by buying seeds and fertilizer.
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.