Mrs. Sitha C., 55, and her husband, Mr. Deth Sam, 56, live on an Island of the Mekong River about fifteen kilometers from Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. They were married in 1980 and have two daughters. One of the daughters is married and lives outside the family home and the other one is a garment factory worker.
Her husband has been a house builder for five years; it’s a skill he learned from his master. He works in his village.
Sitha has been selling vegetables and pork in front of her house for two years. She hopes to expand her business, so she is asking for her first loan of $250 to purchase more vegetables and pork for resale.
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.