Touch (pictured here), 47, is a widow with four sons and two daughters. One of her children is married, two are garment workers, two are soldiers, and another one is attending primary school. The family lives in a village about thirty kilometers from Phnom Penh City. Touch sells mangoes. She buys them under contract from villagers from the blooming to harvesting season. She needs to use pesticides to protect mangoes from insects. Additionally, she also raises pigs at home.
Touch hopes to expand her business by buying more mangoes for resale, so she decided to apply for a loan to help her capital. She will also use a part of the loan to buy pesticides to protect mangoes from insects.
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.