Touch (in the photo) and her husband, Porng, have been married since 1995 and have three sons and one daughter. Two attend school and the others are still young. They live in a village about seventeen kilometers from Phnom Penh City.
Touch is now a cleaner, while her husband is a farmer and does construction work when he is free. She is applying for a loan of $1,000 to assist in her husband’s farming business by purchasing seed, fertilizer and pesticide and building a shelter to shade the vegetables from sunlight.
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.