Sim, age 47, is a weaver. She has been married to her husband Sarin, age 48, since 1996. They have one young daughter. The family lives in a suburb of Phnom Penh.
Sim's husband supports the family by farming crops and raising cows at home. The irrigation pipe used on his farmland is broken and requires replacement, so Sim is applying for a loan in the amount of $200 in order to buy a new one.
With the new pipe, Sarin will be able to spray his farm.
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.