Mr. Thol P., 38 years old, and his wife, Mrs. Chanthy Lac, 31 years old, (pictured together) were married in 1996 and have two children: one son and one daughter, both in school. They live along National Road Number One about seventeen kilometers from Phnom Penh.
Thol and his wife are farmers. They grow corn, bitter gourd and green beans. The couple doesn’t have enough capital to maintain their farm, so Thol is asking for his first loan of $500 to pay plowing fees and to purchase fertilizer and pesticide.
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.