Mrs. Seiha M. is a 49 year old widow with two sons and two daughters. Her two sons have had full-time employment as drivers in a company in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia, for two years. Her daughters attend school. The family lives in a small village in a suburb of Phnom Penh.
Seiha has been selling food in her village for five years. She is able to earn a gross daily profit of about $2.50. Her old house is broken in some parts and it’s difficult for family members to stay. She is applying for her first loan of $1,000 to build a new house.
About MAXIMAMAXIMA 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.
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