Mrs. Nou C. (pictured above), 55, and her husband, Mr. Chamroeun Chen, 60, live on an island in the Mekong River about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh. They were married in 1980 and have three children: two sons and one daughter. The daughter has full-time employment and the two sons are attending University in Phnom Penh City.
Nou sells Cambodian cake in her village. Her husband has been a primary school teacher for 30 years. Nou is requesting her first loan of $400 to add to her own money to purchase a motorbike for her daughter to drive to work.
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.