Saren is 31 years old, and his wife, Navin (pictured), is 29 years old. They live in a village about 28 kilometers from Phnom Penh City. They have two young sons.
Saren is a lathe operator, while his wife sells grocery items. He is applying for his first Kiva loan in the amount of $1,300 to purchase two cows to raise. He will get extra income from selling the cows for beef or selling a calf when the cow gives birth to a baby.
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.