Mrs. Sokha S., age 39 (pictured with her mother-in-law) and her husband, Mr. Savann Va, 37, live in a small village along National Road Number five about twenty kilometers from Phnom Penh. They have been married since 2002 and have one daughter. Besides her daughter, she also has her mother-in-law living with her.
Sokha has been selling fish since1987. She buys fish from fishermen in her village for resale in Prek Phnao market. Her husband has been a construction worker since 1996. Sokha is asking for her first loan of $600 to build a restroom for the use of the family. She also will use part of her loan to fill-up the land under her house.
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.