Oeun (in the photo), 58 years old, and her husband San, who is 65 years old, are rice farmers. They are old, but they are still strong enough to work. In addition, Oeun also makes On Sorm and sells it in her village when she is not at the farm. On Sorm is a typical Cambodian cake which is made of sticky rice with sweet or salty fillings and is steam-cooked.
Oeun hopes to expand her farmland; therefore she is applying for a loan in the amount of $1,000 to buy the neighboring land property.
Oeun and San have been married since 1975. They have three children - one son and two daughters. One is married and lives separately, another one is a garment worker and another one is a teacher. The family lives in a village approximately twenty kilometers from Phnom Penh City.
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.