Phnom Penh, Cambodia

PhotographerMichael Rabonza
PrizeHonorable Mention
CompanyCOLOURINGPAPER
City/CountryAmsterdam, Netherlands
Photo DateFebruary 2011
Technical Info50mm f/5.6 Leica MP Neopan 400
Entry Description

Choek Boen, arrives with her two year old son to a village bank meeting where she can avail of small loans - around $200 to be paid back over a year. Theses loans, which are often unsecured, are known as microfinance and they provide women like Boen the resources they would have otherwise not received from larger banks to help grow their small businesses, and support their families.

About Photographer

M. Rabonza (b. 1978, Manila) was raised in Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines. After a decade working in public policy, investment banking and development finance across Asia, North America, West Africa and Europe, M.Rabonza turned to photography in the fall of 2009 to document how he’s come to see the world: filled with light, passion & colour. Now based in Amsterdam, M. Rabonza works in the impact investment industry, helping to provide funding for micro and small business owners in emerging & frontier countries. | www.colouringpaper.com