Mrs. Sreythom B., age 44 (shown in the photo with her husband), and her husband, Mr. Kea Yun, age 48, were married in 1988 and have three sons. The eldest son is a driver and construction worker and the other two attend school. They are living in a small village off of National Road number Two about twenty kilometers south of Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia.
Sreythom has been selling groceries, vegetables and meat for eight years. She buys them from Takhmao market for resale in front of her house in the village. Mr. Kea Yun has been farming for ten years. In the past, he was a soldier.
Sreythom wants to expand her business, because then it will be possible for her to generate more income to better support her standard of living. She is requesting her first loan of $700 to purchase more grocery items, meat and vegetables for resale.
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.