Phally (in the photo) and her husband, Lieng are farmers. When free from the farming business, she also weaves silk at home. They have six children: two sons and four daughters. One is married and lives outside family home, two are garment workers, one is a weaver another one is a construction worker and another one attends school. The family lives along the Mekong River about twenty kilometers from Phnom Penh City.
Phally had asked and used her previous loan to purchase a motorbike for her son, the garment worker, to drive to work.
She is now applying for another loan in the amount of $1,500 to assist in her farming by buying seed, fertilizer and pesticides.
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.