Mrs. S. Keo, 49, (pictured with her husband) has been married since 1996 and has two children: one son and one daughter, both of whom are in school. The family lives along National Road Number 1, about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh City.
S. has been selling Onsorm for 30 years. Onsorm is a kind of Cambodian cake made of sticky rice sweet or salty filling cooked in steam. S. buys ingredients from local market to produce Onsorm and then sells in her village. Her husband has been a mason for 20 years.
S. is applying for her first loan of $700 to build additional wall behind her house and buy cow for raising.
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.