Oen and her husband have been married since 2004 and they do not yet have children. They live in a village across the Mekong River, about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh City. Oen sells bananas and mangos. She buys them from fellow villagers and transports them to sell in the Phnom Penh market. Oen’s husband is a house builder. They also grow rice.
Oen has requested several previous Kiva loans. She is now asking for a new $400 loan to buy seed, fertilizer and pesticide to maintain her rice farm and pay plowing fees.
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.