Thoy (in the photo) lives in a village about twenty kilometers south of Phnom Penh City. She has three sons and one daughter. Two are married, one is a garment worker and another one attends school. Her husband is a construction worker.
Thoy grows some of the jasmine and longan she sells on her own land, and buys more from other growers in her village to resell at market.
She is asking for a loan to buy longan under contract for resale before harvesting for the future season.
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.