Saras (in the photo) and her husband, Nafy, are the same age, 35 years old. They have been married since 2001 and have two sons and one daughter. Two of the children are in primary school and the other one is still young. The family lives in a suburb of Phnom Penh.
Saras sells fish that her husband catches. In addition, she operates a tailoring business, by putting together fabric swatches for a clothing manufacturer. Her husband is a fisherman. He wants to buy a new boat and boat motor, because the old one is breaking.
Hence, Saras applies for her first Kiva loan of $1,500, to help her husband by purchasing the boat and motor he needs.
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.