Vanny is 42 years old and her husband, Chea, is 43 years old. They live on an island in the Mekong River about fifteen kilometers from Phnom Penh City and they have two sons and one daughter.
Vanny is a farmer, while her husband is a motor taxi driver and assists his wife when he is free. She is asking for a loan of $1,500 to purchase seeds, fertilizer, and pesticides to maintain her farm.
In the photo, Vanny is at home, 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.