Sophan (in the photo), aged 36, and her husband, Hai, aged 42, live in a village about 20 kilometers south of Phnom Penh City. They have been married since 1994 and have one son and two daughters: two attend school and the third is still too young.
Sophan and her husband are farmers. They grow longans (a tropical fruit) and flowers. They also buy some flowers under contract from their fellow villagers and sell them to a middleman who comes to buy them at their home.
Sophan is asking for her first loan of $1,000 to purchase additional flowers for resale.
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.