Mrs. Som-ol C. (in the photo) is a weaver and her husband, Mr. Chheng Pong, is a farmer. They live on an island in the Mekong River about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh. They have been married for over 30 years and have four children: three sons and one daughter. Som-ol and her husband are old, but they are still strong enough to work.
Som-ol has asked for a Kiva loan two times already. She is now applying for her third loan of $450 to help her husband purchase fertilizers, fuel oil and seeds for farming.
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.