Mrs. Khen C., 44, and her husband, Mr. Prach Prak, 50, live on an island on the Mekong River, about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh City. They have been married since 1982 and have four children: three sons and one daughter. One of their children is a garment factory worker, one attends school, and another stays at home.
Khen and her husband are farmers. They grow cucumbers, tomatoes and corn on their farmland in the village. In addition, Khen wants to create a new business raising cows, and hopes to earn extra income from selling the cows when they have grown big enough. She is therefore requesting a loan of $800 USD to purchase a cow to raise.
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.