Mr. Pon C., 60 and his wife, Mrs. Ky Phon (pictured together), 60, live in a small village across the Mekong River, about 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh City. They have been married since 1975 and have five childrens. Three of the children are married and live in separate homes, one is a security guard and another one is a farmer. The couple is old; however, they are still strong enough to work.
Pon has been selling cows for 35 years, a skill he learned from his father. His wife has been running grocery store in front of her house for two years. He is asking for his first loan of 600 USD to help his capital to purchase cows for resale.
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.