Mrs Chanthou S., 25, and her husband, Mr Sothea Phat, 20, live along National Road Number One, about fifteen kilometers from Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. They were married in 2004 and have one young daughter. Chanthou and her husband have full-time employment in the same company. They don’t have their own motorcycle so they spend a lot of money on travel costs, such as motor taxis and so on. Therefore, Chanthou is requesting her first loan of $500 USD to purchase a motorcycle to drive to work.
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.