Mrs. Leng S. (pictured here), 38, and her husband, Mr. Ang Un, 43, were married in 1987 and have five children: three sons and two daughters. Two of them work in a garment factory, one is a security guard and the other two attend school. The family lives in a small village about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh.
Leng has been a garment-factory worker for six years, while her husband has been a construction worker for 10 years. Because their children commute to school far away, they take a motor remoque or motor taxi very often. A remoque is a motorcycle with a trailer on the back. Taking a remoque or motor taxi to school is expensive for the family.
Therefore, Leng is asking for her first loan of $600 to buy a motorbike for her children to drive to school.
MAXIMA Microfinance Plc 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.