Ban (in the photo) and his wife are vegetable farmers. He also works for a brick kiln when he is not at the farm. Ban and his wife live along National Road Number Six, about twenty-five kilometers from Phnom Penh City. They have been married since 2001 and have two young children -- one son and one daughter.
Ban is asking for a loan of $1,200 to buy a cow to raise and a boat and fishing nets for his brother who is a fisherman.
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.