Meakra (in the photo) and her husband are rice farmers. In addition, she also sells grocery items and her husband is a lathe operator.
The couple has been married since 2005, and has one young daughter. They live in a village about 20 kilometers from Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia.
Meakra had asked for a loan to supplement her family's income by starting a new business selling groceries. She is now asking for another loan in the amount of $1,000 to buy 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.