Mr. Chhea A., 47, and his wife, Mrs. Sun Leng, 45, live in a small village across the Mekong River about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh. They married in 1980 and have eight children: six sons and two daughters. Three of their children are married and live in their own homes; the others are in school.
Chhea and his wife have been growing rice for 29 years. They have also started a new business raising pigs. Chhea is requesting his second loan of $1,000 to buy more piglets to raise and to buy feed for the 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.