Ann (in the photo) is a widow with one daughter who is a garment factory worker. She lives in a village about twenty kilometers from Phnom Penh City. She has one niece and one nephew living with her, and they assist in her rice farming business sometimes.
Ann is a rice farmer. She hopes to expand her farmland; therefore she is applying for a loan in the amount of $1,000 to buy her neighboring land property.
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.