Sophan, age 51 and her husband, Yun, age 52, have been married since 1990 and have five sons. The family is living in a village approximately twenty kilometers from Phnom Penh City.
Sophan and her husband are farmers. They grow lotus and rice on their farmland in the village where they live.
Sophan is asking for her first Kiva loan of $1,000 to buy a water pumping machine to spray her rice. She will also use a part of the loan to purchase seed, fertilizer, and pesticide to maintain her rice farm.
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.