Touch (in the photo) and her husband, Hay, are wedding caterers. In addition, they supplement their income with a new fruit selling business. They buy mangoes from her fellow villagers under contract. This means that they pay money before the harvesting season and then they collect mangoes to sell.
Touch had asked and used her previous loan to assist in her wedding catering business by buying food on credit, and then after the wedding she will reimburse the food venders (www.kiva.org/lend/404775).
She is now applying for second Kiva loan of $500 to buy more mangoes under contract for resale.
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.