Mrs. Seam D. and her husband, Mr. Kem Sam, live on an island in the Mekong River about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh City. They have been married since 1979 and have seven sons and two daughters. Four are married and live outside the family home, one is a construction worker, one has full-time employment and the others are garment factory workers.
Seam and her husband produce rice wine and raise pigs. She is also a weaver. Seam has previously applied for a Kiva loan. She now is requesting another loan of $1,200 to purchase a motorbike for her son, who has full-time employment, to get work.
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.