Srey Mom, is 38 and her husband, Sok, is 36. They live in in a village approximately 20 kilometers from Phnom Penh City. They have four children, three sons and one daughter.
Srey Mom and her husband are farmers. They grow rice and lotus on their farmland in the village where they live. Srey Mom’s husband is also a fisherman when he is not at the farm.
Srey Mom is asking for her first Kiva loan of $1,500 to buy a water pumping machine because her rice and lotus farms are far from each other. It’s difficult for her to move water, pumping from the rice farm to the lotus farm. She will also use a part of the loan to purchase seed, fertilizer and pesticide to maintain her rice farm.
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.