Mr. Leng P., 50, pictured with his wife, Mrs. Vy Dong, 54, were married in 1979 and have seven children: three sons and four daughters. Five of them are married and live outside the family home, one son works in plywood factory, and one daughter is a cashier, working for a restaurant in Phnom Penh. The family lives along National Road Number One about twenty kilometers from Phnom Penh.
Leng has been a chef for three years. He cooks for wedding ceremonies and other Khmer ceremonies. His wife has been selling soft drinks for five years as well. She operates the business in her village.
Now Leng is applying for his first loan of $1,000 in order to purchase a motorbike for commuting and also to buy more soft drinks for his wife to sell.
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.