Sarat C., age 46 and her husband, Suy Hour live on an island in the Mekong River about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh City. They have been married since 1988 and have one son who attends school.
Sarat has been selling fruit (mango) for 10 years. She buys them from villagers and resells them in other districts. Her husband sells grocery items from home. Sarat is asking for a loan of $1,000 to purchase mangos.
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.