Sophy (in the photo) and her husband, Nun, sell mangoes. They buy mangoes under contract from fellow villagers before harvest season and, when the mangoes are fully grown, they take them to sell at the local market.
The couple has been married since 1982 and they have five children. The family is living in a village approximately 20 kilometers from Phnom Penh City.
Sophy needs to use pesticides to prevent mangoes from being eaten by insects. Hence, she is applying for a loan in the amount of $500.
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.