Mr. Sopheap P., twenty-seven, and his wife, Mrs. Mon Dav, twenty-three, were married in 2003 and have two young daughters. The family lives in a small village off of National Road Number Two about twenty kilometers south of Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia.
Sopheap has been a mason since 2000. He learned the skill from his brother-in-law. His wife has been a farmer for two years. Sopheap doesn’t have enough construction tools for his work, so he is requesting his first loan of $300 to make the purchases.
MAXIMA Mikroheranhvatho 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.