Phearum P., 28, has been married since 2007 and has a young son. He lives with his wife and mother in a small village along national road number one, about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh City. His mother is a farmer; she grows vegetables and flowers.
Phearum has been raising pigs for two years. His wife stays at home to take care of their son. She used to be a garment factory worker. He hopes his business will do well, so he is requesting his first loan of $1,000 to purchase feed for his pigs.
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.