Sophen (in the photo) and her husband run a private water utility service. They built a water storage tower and have connected it to houses in the neighborhood. In addition, her husband is a fisherman. And they also grow rice, vegetables and lotus when farming season comes.
Sophen and her husband live in a village about 17 kilometers from Phnom Penh City. They have six children: three sons and three daughters. Two are married, two are garment factory workers and the other two attend school.
Sophen had applied for a Kiva loan one time already. She is now asking for her second loan in the amount of $600 to assist in her farming business by buying lotus seed and fertilizer.
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.