Mr. Sunnara C., aged 31, (in the photo) and his wife, Mrs. Pov Kim, aged 26, live in a small village outside of Phnom Penh. They have been married since 2006 and have a young son.
Sunnara has been a construction worker for 10 years, while his wife is a garment factory worker. He is asking for his first loan of $600 to purchase a cow to raise and to connect his house to a private electricity utility service.
He will be able to get extra income from selling the cow when the cow has grown big enough.
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.